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The National Veterans Foundation Women Veteran Outreach Director Kristine Hesse was featured on a recent KTLA News segment on the subject of Post Traumatic Stress in women Veterans.  The subject of women Veteran PTSD and suicide received national media attention recently when US Air Force Captain Jamie Burnett committed suicide.  It is suspected that Burnett was sexually assaulted while serving in Afghanistan. 

C.I.B. 1969 - A Combat Infantryman’s Journey, follows a Vietnam Veteran’s trip into hell and a soul-searching look at the way back to civilian life. This story is based on the memoirs of 20 year old army grunt Rick Seaman, from the jungled swamps of enemy territory in South Vietnam to an ongoing, forty year battle with the demons of PTSD.
Detailed study confirms high suicide rate among recent veterans
"People's natural instinct is to explain military suicide by the war-is-hell theory of the world," said Michael Schoenbaum, an epidemiologist and military suicide expert at the National Institute of Mental Health who was not involved in the study. "But it's more complicated."
When Giving Up 'Wounded Warrior' Status Helps Vets Heal
Some had planned on a long military career, only to find their plans cut short as they face a medical discharge. Entering an often unfamiliar civilian world can be daunting, even for those without disabilities. Some have never held a civilian job, filled out a resume or applied to college. And on top of these new challenges, the comforting support structure of battle buddies and the military chain of command are gone.


We’re here again, in this spot where we look forward and back.  This year marked the 40th anniversary of the Fall of Saigon.  Fallujah comes to mind, and now Ramadi.

Both will be on the minds of veterans whose lives were changed by these wars.  Rippling out, the families and friends of these vets will also be thinking about these events. You know what happens when a stone is cast into a pool…the ripples extend out in ever-widening circles.

When published suicide statistics reached 22 veterans a day, Frank Spady said “Enough!”  A decorated Vietnam combat Airborne ranger, Spady realized that vets in crisis couldn’t wait for the VA or Congress  to fix the system to address their needs. The problem didn’t need more discussion, it needed action and that’s something Spady knows about.

So here are the characters:  a guy named Frenchy and a guy named Sneaky. Does this sound like a 1940’s film noir opening?  Let me introduce you to two unforgettable characters, both Vietnam vets.