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R.I.P. Joseph Dwyer,

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Today, I am shocked to hear from the death of former PFC Joseph Dwyer,

who got "famous" by being in a photograph of the rescue of a wounded Iraqi boy.

I knew the photo, but never knew the story of the man pictured in it.

As a fellow former military ambulance driver, the photo stuck in my mind.

 

Today I read a small article in a Dutch news paper and after reading

immediately called my wife on the phone. I have said something like

"That frigging PTSD has claimed another victim once again" and hung up.

I myself have been battling PTSD since my return from bosnia in 1994 and

can imagine the horrors one is haunted by. Thanks to my wife not abandoning

hope (and me) I am still here, but it breaks my heart to read a story which could

have taken place here, or anywhere else in the world.

She rushed home and is now here to support me, get out of my emotional

rollercoaster.

 

Being on the forum of this community has proven me there is more understanding

for the military and its (wo)men who serve(d) than in the everyday life where

John and Jane Doe enjoy the safety and freedom provided by others. I therefore place

the news item here, together with "the" photo.

 

Story:

http://www.newsday.com/news/local/ny-lisol...136,print.story

 

 

Muesli

 

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Hey Muesli, if u ever need to talk bro, I did 3 tours in Iraq so I know how he felt and how u feel to a degree, I got my share of problems too. Dont hesitate to ask me or drop me a line if u wanna talk, ok bro? Talk to ya later.

 

 

Kevin

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Today, I am shocked to hear from the death of former PFC Joseph Dwyer,

who got "famous" by being in a photograph of the rescue of a wounded Iraqi boy.

I knew the photo, but never knew the story of the man pictured in it.

As a fellow former military ambulance driver, the photo stuck in my mind.

 

Today I read a small article in a Dutch news paper and after reading

immediately called my wife on the phone. I have said something like

"That frigging PTSD has claimed another victim once again" and hung up.

I myself have been battling PTSD since my return from bosnia in 1994 and

can imagine the horrors one is haunted by. Thanks to my wife not abandoning

hope (and me) I am still here, but it breaks my heart to read a story which could

have taken place here, or anywhere else in the world.

She rushed home and is now here to support me, get out of my emotional

rollercoaster.

 

Being on the forum of this community has proven me there is more understanding

for the military and its (wo)men who serve(d) than in the everyday life where

John and Jane Doe enjoy the safety and freedom provided by others. I therefore place

the news item here, together with "the" photo.

 

Story:

http://www.newsday.com/news/local/ny-lisol...136,print.story

 

 

Muesli

 

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May the good Lord rest his eternal soul. May the good Lord bring some peace to yours. Without trying to sound like a preacher, which I am not, I can tell you that faith helps.........a lot!

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Truly sad.RIP Muesli hang in there buddy. We are here for you if you need to talk.

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Hey Muesli, if u ever need to talk bro, I did 3 tours in Iraq so I know how he felt and how u feel to a degree, I got my share of problems too. Dont hesitate to ask me or drop me a line if u wanna talk, ok bro? Talk to ya later.

 

 

Kevin

Muesli, There are many of us here that have combat related problems the best thing is to reconise and talk to any of us if you feel the need to even if you don't feel the need talk to any of us at any time. PTSD is taking its toll on many of us and thanks to a strong support system; Wives, family and friends we can live a pretty normal life. I knew a few 91b's in my time of service. they are some of the bravest and caring men I have met outside my "community" in a long time. We will always be here for anyone that needs to talk. Jarhead1, for a Marine you are truly on point! :biggrin::clapping:

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To all:

 

Thank you for the kind words you have written.

PTSD is truely a silent killer, or at least a "disease" which damages a lot.

Since my breakdown, when I was diagnosed with multiple PTSD and a few

other illnesses related to this disorder, I have been battling PTSD ànd the

ignorant society I live in. Here, people do not have as much respect for

the individual soldiers as in some other countries (and most of the times

it isn't much there either...) and it is all traced back to those darned seventies.

 

All in all it is a battle which will last a lifetime, but with the support of my wife,

my few remaining friends, my army buddies and people like you I hope to

never fall back to the situation I was before. Hopefully PTSD will never have

me do things that will eventually mean my demise.

 

Again, thank you all. Little note; I did not start this thread to search for people

to feel pity with me, but I felt the need to honour this "forgotten hero" and

explain why I felt to do so.

 

For all: I salute you. You all make the world go round, you all make John and Jane Doe

sleep better at night! Although scarred by my past, I now wear my "scars" with pride.

I know the battle with PTSD is never over, but thanks to people like you I know

I am never alone!

 

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