Friday, September 14, 2012

Honoring Ambassador Chris Stevens, Tyrone Woods, Glen Doherty, And Sean Smith; RIP Police Officer Bradley Fox; Study Finds Vets in Their 20's & 30's Show Signs of Premature Aging

We can't all be heroes because somebody has to sit on the curb and clap...Will Rogers

Dedicated to Heroes wants to take a moment to honor three of our nation's heroes who died in Libya earlier this week.

John Christopher Stevens was our ambassador to Libya. He was murdered earlier this week by Islamic thugs in the United States Embassy in Libya. He joined the foreign service in 1991. He served in Libya twice before in 2007 to 2009. He arrived in Tripoli in May 2012.

Former Navy Seals Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty were also murdered along with Ambassador Stevens. Doherty was trained as a Navy SEAL sniper. He worked as a private security contractor in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Yemen. As a Navy SEAL for eight years, he did tours in both Iraq and Afghanistan.

Tyrone Woods served multiple tours in Iraq and Afghanistan before his retirement.  Since 2010, he protected American diplomatic personnel from Central America to the Middle East.

Sean Smith, an Air Force veteran, was the U.S. Foreign Service Information Management Officer. He was a 10 year veteran in the Foreign Service.

RIP Plymouth Township, PA, Police Officer Bradley Fox

On Thursday, September 13, 2012, Police Officer Bradley Fox was shot and killed after responding to reports of a hit-and-run in Conshohocken, PA. Officer Fox's canine partner was wounded in the exchange of gun fire.

Officer Fox is a Marine veteran and served with the Plymouth Township Police Department for seven years. He is survived by his daughter and expectant wife. Office Fox was killed the day before his 35th birthday.

War Appears To Be Making Young Bodies Old Before Their Time

Although in very early stages, Harvard Medical Center and the VA report that soldiers and Marines in their 20's and 30's appear to be showing signs of early aging. The early stages of aging seems to be more common to those with both blast-related concussions and PTSD.

The Pentagon estimates that 244,000 servicemembers have suffered traumatic brain injuries since 2000.

"We're looking at people who are going to be having cognitive problems much earlier than they should be having them, " said Regina McGlinchey, a neuropsychologist and project director.

In another study by the CDC, researchers found that veterans between the ages of 25-64 had more than twice the rate of diabetes, hypertension, heart disease and cancer than non-veterans.

"Deployments are punctuated by very serious life-and-death exposures...That's when the reach a certain level, change the internal chemistry, the physiology of the people's bodies," said Ann Rasmusson, a psychiatrist and neurobiologist.

The possible result of all this is that the body ages much faster than normal.

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