Army Vet Commits Suicide at Mich. Gun Shop/Range

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  1. Car54

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  2. dnthmn2004

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  3. Car54

    Car54 New Member

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    Dunerunner sent a PM that the link wouldn't open so I pasted the article;


    TAYLOR: Iowa woman takes own life at Top Gun Shooting Sports
    Published: Thursday, April 21, 2011

    By Rene Cizio

    TAYLOR — A 38-year-old Iowa woman took her own life Wednesday at Top Gun Shooting Sports, 16725 Racho Road.

    Police said the Army veteran had been released recently from a post traumatic stress disorder treatment program at the Battle Creek Veteran’s Affairs Medical Center.

    Police said the woman went to the range at about 1 p.m., rented a semi-automatic handgun and did target practice for a while.

    Surveillance video shows that she then stopped firing at the target and turned the gun on herself, shooting herself in the head.

    She was transported to Oakwood Hospital & Medical Center in Dearborn, where she was confirmed dead.

    She was a resident of Bettendorf, Iowa. Police said she had just completed the treatment program at the Battle Creek facility.

    She had served in Bosnia while in the Army, police said.
     
  4. dnthmn2004

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    Thats a terrible situation :(. Makes you wonder how effective the PTSD treatment was.

    PTSD is no fun to be around. A friend of mine had it really bad after his trip to the sand box. His fiancée left him and lost a lot of friends who didn't understand. After he pinned me to a wall by my neck, he taught me how to snap him out of his episodes - by addressing him as if I was his superior. Scary **** man.

    My friend still can't be around gun fire. I wonder if this is what triggered her actions to take her life.
     
  5. Dillinger

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    I can tell you from personal experience, as my dad was a SERIOUS case of PTSD and at one point ended up on Level 7 at the V.A. here in Seattle, it's a damn joke UNLESS the person has a tremendous inner spirit and can defeat the demons.

    My old man couldn't, and the VA just kept rubber stamping him from one treatment session to another that saw several "near death" bouts with uber high blood alcohol content. :mad:

    My heart goes out to this woman's family, but I can assure you, this was something she was going to do quickly like she did, or slow over time with the "help" of drugs and alcohol. :(

    R.I.P. Soldier!!

    JD
     
  6. Shihan

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    That is a terrible tragedy.

    Served in Bosnia??? I wonder what her MOS was? Seems maybe the media maybe linking this to PTSD because of her former service. I would like to know a little more about the whole thing.
     
  7. Dillinger

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    I had a good friend from high school who was in Bosnia for two years in Psy-Ops. He was always a twisted little effer.

    I can assure you, there was true issues over there that our troops were exposed too on a regular basis. Despite what President Slick Willie and the Press Corp would have you believe.

    My buddy was up for re-enlistment when rebels blew up a car bomb right outside the gate not 30 seconds after he passed through it. He is twisted, but he wasn't stupid.

    He "declined" to re-enlist after that incident saw him and several other good, "reservists", trying to put out the flames and keep the blood on the inside of other good troops. :(

    Another in a long line of "wars" that were fought with our fine soldiers hands tied together.

    As a good friend of mine who was a USMC Combat Vet used to say "This sh*t will change when I'm King". :rolleyes:

    JD
     
  8. Shihan

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    I served in the Bosnian Conflict for Operations Provide Promise and Deny Flight. My squadron, HMH-461, was part of the MEU that went in and got Capt. O'Grady.

    I was just curious as to what she did in the Army.
     
  9. Dillinger

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    *respect* I was unsure of the basis of your question. Obviously you know better than most what was going on over there.
     
  10. CourtJester

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    Sounds like they need to take another look at their terms of "completion"

    Sad story none the less.
     
  11. dunerunner

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    Very sad. RIP Soldier, your pain is over.
     
  12. alsaqr

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    May she rest in everlasting peace.
     
  13. ScottA

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    Bettendorf is right next door to us. I haven't seen anything in our local paper on this.

    Just tragic.
     
  14. jayguy

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    Thats a sad story :(
     
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    Such a terrible loss:( Godspeed mam and thanks for your service
     
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    I was wondering if anyone on here knows the name of the victim. The reason i want to know is one of my good friends was witness to this suicide and was actually the last person to speak to the victim. The victim was two or three lanes down from my friend, and she is having a difficult time dealing with this experience. I suggested to her that maybe if she contacted the family, passed her condolences along and expressed her sympathy it may help her. If anyone knows the name it would help on maybe identifying the family and in turn would help my friend. She is having a terrible time with it. I can sympathize with the victim, but i find it troubling that she was being treated for post traumatic stress disorder and in ending her life, put a group of people through a very traumatic event. But i know noone can explain what was going through her mind leading up to this tragedy. I registered for this site for this purpose. I am a novice when it comes to firearms and i support the right to bear them. But mainly i am just trying to help a friend. Thank you for any help you can give.
     
  17. IowaFriend

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    Yes, tragic for those who witnessed it as well as those of us who can only imagine. This woman was dear to many, and leaves her friends and family to mourn the woman we wish we could have back. Through her struggles we learned there are very few PTSD treatment facilities for women, and even fewer professionals equipped to handle - let alone treat - the demons.

    Local media does not need to sensationalize this tragic loss. It's a hard enough situation to deal with for adults who knew her; our children do not need to see headlines like this.

    Your friend who witnessed the incident needs professional counseling. Let's hope she can find help more easily than our Vets.