A Marine’s Private Hell

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In the current issue of the New Yorker magazine there is a story by Bill Finnegan of the suicide of a Marine, Travis "Tebeaux" Twiggs and the death of his brother, Will. The story tracks the plight of Tebeaux as an Iraq war veteran with PTSD who eventually takes his life after reaching out for help without receiving the helping hand he needed. Tebeaux was a decorated Marine, briefly treated for his PTSD and made part of the Wounded Warrior Battalion. He had his picture taken with President Bush, yet nothing was made available to keep Tebeaux, married and the father of two, from ultimately taking his own life.

What are we really doing to help soldiers with PTSD? The RAND Corporation report puts the number of soldiers and veterans with PTSD at 300,000. The military places the number at substantially less and conceals the suicides and mental health problems plaguing returning soldiers. But whatever the number is, what are we doing to help?

Read Bill Finnegan's story for yourself.
Click here to read the story.http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2008/09/29/080929fa_fact_finnegan?currentPage=all

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