Hello everyone,
Last weekend A Co 1/6 lost another member of its ranks, Jimmy Murrillo.  While not all of the details are clear as to how he passed, he is now gone and leaves behind a family who loves him.
That family has reached out and asked for financial help in getting Jimmy’s service arranged.  They need to raise $11,500 by Friday to pay for the services.  
If there is anything that anyone can do for this Soldiers family, I beseech you to do so, and I will be happy to put you in contact with them.


O como imágenes de un call center pueden emocionarte…

These images are of call responders working for the Department of Veteran Affairs in Canandaigua, New York talking vets back from the edge. (…) On average, the operators in the center receive over 500 calls every day. After the phone’s hung up, there’s no follow up, and the operators almost never find out what happened to the veteran they spoke to.
by Ashley Gilbertson



Jimmy Murrillo was a quiet guy. He always seemed positive, and simply glad to be alive every day while we were serving together in Germany. Even in Iraq, although we were in different platoons, on different COP’s, whenever I saw him, he had that quiet smile whether he was neck deep in a Bradley’s…

"What are you going to do with your life after you’ve been willing to kill and die for an idea?"

- Ehren Tool in “Art Grenade,” The Believer (Nov/Dec 2013)

(Source: believermag.com, via specialedition87)


An Epidemic of PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder)
A veteran dies by suicide every 80 minutes 228,875: number of U.S. troops who’ve served in either Iraq or Afghanistan with PTSD 7: percent of American population who are vets But they account for 20 percent of suicides in America
Since 2001:  1.5 million new vets 50,409 wounded in action Most common diagnosis of the 1.5 million vets• Musculoskeletal and connective tissue diseases: 476,763• Mental disorder: 444,551 (239,174 with diagnosed PTSD)• Nervous system or sense organ diseases: 378,428 834,467: number of vets needing VA health care 55 percent of vets returning from Iraq and Afghanistan sought veteran’s health care. $600 million: approximate amount VA spent on treating PTSD in 2013 50,000 new veterans were diagnosed with PTSD during 2012, In the last three months of 2012, the national average of new military PTSD cases reached 184 per day. Nearly 20 %: of female Iraq, Afghanistan female vets have PTSD
80: approximate number of names for the condition (now called PTSD) since ancient times
Below is a PTSD timeline • In the Bible, King Saul committed atrocities, flew into violent rages. “The spirit of God left him, and an evil spirit sent by the Lord tormented him.” (Samuel 16:14).• 1678: Swiss Physicians identify ‘Nostalgia’ (melancholy, disturbed sleep or insomnia, anxiety, cardiac palpitations)• 1861-1865: U.S. military physicians document stresses of Civil War soldiers• 1905: ‘Battle shock’ is regarded as a legitimate medical condition by the Russian Army• 1917-1919: Distress of soldiers attributed to ‘shell shock’ during WWI• 1939-1945: Terminology changes to ‘combat exhaustion’ during WWII• 1969: Concept: ‘Vietnam combat reaction’• 1980: PTSD by name is diagnosed.• 2008: Popular media. Grey’s Anatomy introduces a character with combat-related PTSD
Factors that can increase the likelihood of PTSD: • The intensity of the trauma• Being hurt or losing a friend (combat buddy)• Being physically close to the traumatic event• Feeling you were not in control• Having a lack of support after the event
Traumatic experiences in the military include: • Seeing dead bodies• Sexual harassment• Being shot at• Loneliness• Killing people• Being ambushed• Worrying about family• Getting hit by mortar fire
PTSD symptoms
Some common symptoms of PTSD include: Nightmares
, Flashbacks
, Memory and concentration problems
, Hyperarousal
, Hypervigilance
, Intrusive memories
, Avoidance
, Abnormal startle responses
 and Feeling worse when reminded of trauma.
Without treatment, PTSD can lead to: • Alcohol and drug abuse• Reliving terror• Heart attacks• Depression• Dementia• Stroke• Suicide
But combat trauma is not the only cause of PTSD: • Abuse• Mental• Physical• Sexual• Verbal (i.e., sexual and/or violent content)• Catastrophe• Harmful and fatal accidents• Natural disasters• Terrorism• Violent attack• Animal attack• Assault• Battery and domestic violence• Rape• War, battle, and combat• Death• Explosion• Gunfire
The main treatments for people with PTSD are: • Psychotherapy (“talk” therapy),• Medications• Or both
(Source: http://www.onlinemilitaryeducation.org/ptsd/)

March is the first month since 2007 that no United States Soldier was killed in action.


This does not take into account that twenty-two soldiers (or former soldiers) a day in the U.S. committing suicide

(Source: yourgirliswaiting, via thefreelioness)

Not one more

I will not take my life by my own hand without talking to my battle buddy first. My mission is to find a mission to help my Warfighter family. It gets better, we all need to help each other. Not one more!


Zero combat casualties for US troops in March

(via lazarusrevolution)


I went to Fort Sam Houston for the first time in a year, and visited the AMEDD Museum for the first time in 11 years.  There was a display that would allow guests to hear about how over the years, the trauma of war has evolved from “nostalgia”, “shellshock”, and eventually PTSD.
#ptsd #shellshock #nostalgia #fta #war #trauma #waristrauma (at AMEDD Museum)

The dog tag of the Soldier being treated in the Combat Medic Memorial.  
#cmb #combatmedicmemorial #thatothersmaylive #whenihaveyourwounded  (at AMEDD Museum)