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.
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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.