Monday, February 28, 2011

PhillyDotCom - Officials seek ways to stem increasing military suicides

Another relevant article about suicide in the military. We must continue to focus and collaborate on this subject. The result of not being diligent on the subject will be death for our comrades. Remember, PA Army National Guard Specialist Ivan Jose Lopez completed his suicide on January 28, 2011 nearlly two years after he returned from Afghanistan. Please read this and send me back your findings, thoughts, concerns and analysis.

"By Edward Colimore - Inquirer Staff Writer - When Army Sgt. Coleman Bean left Iraq to resume his civilian life in New Jersey, he was a changed man. No longer as outgoing, he appeared subdued and unfocused after two combat deployments. He also began drinking too much.
"I thought he just needed to unwind," said his mother, Linda Bean of East Brunswick. "I was just so grateful to have him home in one piece."
A few months after his 2008 homecoming, Bean couldn't deal with his feelings anymore. He wrecked his Jeep one night, was charged with DUI, and took a cab to his apartment in South River, Middlesex County, where he fatally shot himself." (end of clipped article text)


Thursday, February 24, 2011

"Service and Sacrifice" book released February 17, 2011 is the dedicated book web site.

From author Army National Guard Lieutenant Samuel J. Console comes a gripping story of men in combat. Made available through Xlibris, Service and Sacrifice will help Veteran’s families understand what their loved ones have faced overseas and how it affects them now.
The author – a platoon leader in Charlie Company, 103rd Engineers – and his men were mobilized in 2004 by the 28th Infantry Division and assigned as part of Task Force Dragoon, a battalion-size task force of close to eight hundred troops made up of infantry, armor, and engineer soldiers. In this bold and daring account, Console weaves his personal experiences, how his intrepid and brave group of combat engineers discovered, defused, and destroyed IEDs, saving countless lives of the US Armed Forces, Iraqi military, and civilians.
Filled with flashbacks and a lot of combat action, Service and Sacrifice also explains the inner strength among the men of the Charlie Company and their stories of personal triumph. Furthermore, it graphically explains the effects of Traumatic Brain Injury and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder that most soldiers have encountered.
“Service and Sacrifice defines the willingness of a people to volunteer during a time of need. Thousands have made the ultimate sacrifice. Many more were injured or changed forever. Writing about Iraq has been healing for me. I’m positive it will be healing for others,” the author remarks.
For more information on this book, interested parties may log on to
Service and Sacrifice * by Sam Console, 1st Lieutenant
Memories of Operation Iraqi Freedom with a Veterans Mental Health and Resource Guide
Publication Date: February 17, 2011
Trade Paperback; $19.99; 312 pages; 978-1-4568-6812-3
Trade Hardback; $29.99; 312 pages; 978-1-4568-6813-0
eBook; $9.99; 978-1-4568-6814-7

Saturday, February 12, 2011

For the Soldiers, the grief process continues, today's Memorial Service

Charlie Company, 55th BSTB memorialized Army National Guard Specialist Ivan Jose Lopez today, 02/13/2011. God Bless all of these fine Engineers. Lets help them heal by always supporting them. Lets come together to help prevent military suicide and fatalities if at all possible. Lets pray for the end of all wars... It is the right thing to do...

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Memorial for PA National Guard Specialist Ivan Jose Lopez

Please visit my Facebook page for more information. It is very late and the death of this Soldier has drained me. God Bless the troops of C-Company, 55th Brigade Special Troops Battalion (Engineers).

Ivan made the decision to go home. God rest his soul. For those experiencing grief, you are not alone. I have decided to tribute Ivan in my book chapter "Before It's Too Late". We must cast a wide net and watch for the signs of suicide. We must unite to prevent further events.

God Bless America and our Troops, wherever they are and especially if they are alone tonight.
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