US to Pay Family of Marine Who Commited Suicide $350,000 In what the plaintiffs' lawyer said could be a ground-breaking settlement, the U.S. government has agreed to pay $350,000 to the family of a former Belchertown Marine who took his own life after returning from Iraq. Jeffrey M. Lucey was a corporal assigned to a special operations unit in Iraq in 2003. After he returned home later that year he began acting erratically and suffering from nightmares, according to his family. In May 2004, Lucey was admitted to the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Leeds. The facility discharged him four days later after diagnosing him with alcoholism and mood swings. On June 22, 2004, Lucey hanged himself in the basement of his parents' Belchertown home. He was 23. His parents, Kevin P. and Joyce Lucey, filed a wrongful death suit against the government in U.S. District Court in Springfield, saying it was to blame for Jeffrey's suicide.
Software Glitch Put Veterans at Risk of Drug Overdoses at VA Hospitals When a software glitch garbled patient records across more than 50 veterans hospitals, causing some veterans to receive the wrong doses of potentially dangerous medications (like blood thinners), VA hospital administrators did what every bureaucrat does: They lied about it and told no one. Veterans exposed to incorrect drug doses The top Republican on the House Veterans Affairs Committee demanded Wednesday that the VA explain how it allowed software glitches to put the medical care of patients at its health centers nationwide at risk. "I am deeply concerned about the consequences on patient care that could have resulted from this 'software glitch' and that mistakes were not disclosed to patients who were directly affected," said Rep. Steve Buyer, R-Ind. "I have asked VA for a forensic analysis of all pertinent records to determine if any veterans were harmed, and I would like to know who was responsible for the testing and authorized the release of the new application."
David W. Davidson tried to hold his breath while being gassed at Dugway back in 1961. But he now has a laundry list of health maladies, any one of which may be connected to that day 47 years ago.
A doctor told Samuel Waller Anderson Jr. that the peripheral neuropathy in his feet and numbness in his hands was caused by some kind of exposure to chemicals. Anderson was stationed at Dugway from 1952 to 1956 and also was a guinea pig during tests at the isolated 1,300-square-mile Army base.
Government records show there may be hundreds, possibly thousands, more veterans like Anderson and Bunn — soldiers who were told shadowy military tests at Dugway and elsewhere wouldn't hurt them but who decades later can't explain what's happening to their bodies.
The claims made by Bunn, Davidson and Anderson are also the type of stories that the Department of Defense and Department of Veterans Affairs want to hear. Both departments in September set up a Web site, fhp.osd.mil/CBexposures, which is partly intended to jog the memories of former soldiers, most of whom are now in their 60s and 70s.
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder? No purple heart The Pentagon has decided that it will not award the Purple Heart, the hallowed medal given to those wounded or killed by enemy action, to war veterans who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder because it is not a physical wound.
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PTSD War Veteran Who Claimed Benefits in Prison Madison, Wisconsin - Keith Roberts awaits the decision of his appeal before a three-judge panel of the Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit as he sits in a federal prison in Minnesota because the United States government said he did not tell the truth about his service in the Navy.