Thursday, October 6, 2011

More Tours; More Problems; Army Sgt. Henry Lincoln Johnson, WWI Hero; School To Be Named After Sgt. Shughart; Deputy Sheriff Suzanne Hopper; Firefighter Michael Dairon

"Look at an infrantyman's eyes and you can tell how much war he's seen."---Bill Mauldin.

Straight From The Headlines:

From USA Today, "More Tours, More Troubles for Troops."

"The longer service members are at home between combat tours to Iraq and Afghanistan, the greater chance they have of developing mental health problems from exposure to combat, a Pentagon study indicates. The study examined records for nearly 1.4 million U.S. troops serving in combat from October 2001 to December 2010.
Researchers also found the rate of post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety and depression increasing among troops on second or third deployments, before declining as tours continued.
In addition, multiple deployments were linked with higher rates of mental health problems among health care workers in battle zones than among other deployed troops."

In addition, a 2010 New England Journal of Medicine found that among women whose husbands were deployed almost 37% had at least one mental health diagnosis compared to 30.5% of women whose husbands were not deployed.

The Associated Presss is reporting two senators, Wyden and Merkley of Oregon, are pursuing  The Medal of Honor for Sgt. Henry Lincoln Johnson, an African-American, who served in the 369th Infrantry during WW I.  Sgt. Johnson fought off 20 Germans and saved the life of Pvt. Needham Roberts. In 1996, Sgt. Johnson was bestowed the Purple Heart. And that was followed by awarding him the Distinguished Service Cross in 2003.

Ft. Bragg will be opening a school named after Sgt. First Class Randell David Shughart. Sgt. Shughart was awarded the Medal of Honor as a result of the Black Hawk Down incident in Somalia.

On January 1, 2001, Deputy Sheriff Suzanne Hopper of Clark County, Ohio, responded to a call of a window shot out at a trailer park in Enon. During the course of her preliminary investigation, Sheriff Hopper noticed a footprint in the snow and took out a camera to photograph the print. As she was taking photographs, a male opened a door of the trailer and shot Sheriff Hopper with a shotgun and killed her. Other police responded, a gun battle ensued and the suspect was killed during the shootout. Sheriff Hopper was on the force for 12 years. She left behind a husband, two children and two stepchildren.--Officer Down Memorial Page

Michael Dairon, an off-duty Poudre Fire Authority Firefighter, performed CPR on a 5 year old boy from a community pool. The boy had no heartbeat when Dairon immediately began CPR. After approximately one or two minutes of CPR,  the boy was revived and started breathing on his own.---Denver Post

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