Skip to comments.US Iraq war hero Joseph Dwyer dies of apparent drugs overdose
Posted on 07/20/2008 5:48:50 PM PDT by LuxMaker
A US army medic who became a symbol of American heroism and integrity in the Iraq war has died of an apparent drugs overdose.
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7th Cavalry Regiment....Custer’s and Moore’s unit? R.I.P.
Rest in peace. Such a sad loss.
That’s a shame. I hope he is at peace now.
He died June 28.
Army released this story a couple days ago. Too little, too late for Dwyer, but nice CYA for the Army. It would be nice to see this program in place nationwide.
This is heartbreaking. RIP Soldier.
Really a sad story.
It’s also a shame that so many FReepers scoffed at this idea.
Soldiering is tough duty, not everyone is cut out for it. Most, with a little sleep, some hot chow, and a dose of contact with real human beings put their experiences behind them and go on to lead normal, productive lives whether it is in civilian life or in the military. Their combat experiences did not make them the normal productive human beings that they became, nor did it detract from it.
Some, for reasons that are unclear, do not emerge from their combat experiences as normal, well adjusted human beings. I believe that most of these were predisposed to this behavior before their combat experiences. Some reached their tipping points because of the incredible demands of combat. They probably would have tipped anyway at some time in the future, but who’s to say.
The government owes these men a reasonable support struture and empathy for their plight. But, we need not beat our chests in despair. Some people just can’t handle the demands of life, and they might have reached their limits bagging groceries at Piggly Wiggly.
God Bless Him... may his dear soul rest in peace.
Treatment for PTSD is poor. All they do is bandaid it with drugs.
“Tell Mr. Zinn that his photo had nothing to do with Joseph’s death.
Joseph loved that picture. He had it in his “I love me” binder where he kept all of his memorable clippings, photos and awards.
He was a modest person and sometimes he took the photo down in our office because people’s reaction to it, like he was a celebrity or there obtuse questions, would embarrass him.
It didn’t “force him to relive the war”. He would sit, for hours sometimes, on the computer googling page after page of photos and slide shows and montages set to patriotic music.
So if a single photo could be responsible, it would be impossible to narrow it down to one of the hundreds he constantly was looking at. Joe was sick.
Not weak or crazy. He had PTSD- badly. Some people internalize horror differently than others.
I thought I was ready to work in a level 4 trauma room until the day I saw a 9 month old die in front of me. How the doctors, nurses and other medics could continue to work there every day, I don’t know. I never went back. It affected me differently and I responded differently.
Joe was the best friend I ever had, a good person and a patriot. We knew he was a hero before Mr. Zinn ever took that picture, but thanks to him, now so does the nation.
Sent by Dionne Knapp | 2:19 PM ET | 07-17-2008
Prayers for his friends and family. May he finally have found peace. Godspeed, hero.
I am not sure how much can be done for PTSD.
We can’t go back in time and erase what happened. Can we make them capable of coping with it? I don’t know how.
I am all for compassionate care of our veterans. But I think PTSD is a “disease” for which there may be no “cure.”
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