Akron soldier ends war's pain with hi...

Akron soldier ends war's pain with his suicide

There are 126 comments on the Akron Beacon Journal story from Aug 15, 2008, titled Akron soldier ends war's pain with his suicide. In it, Akron Beacon Journal reports that:

With an honor guard from Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9520 in Brunswick and three soldiers participating in the solemn ceremony, Iraq War veteran Derrick Hendon was buried this week at Ohio Western Reserve ...

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#139 Aug 18, 2008
realist wrote:
Realist wrote:
Was the moron-in-chief in attendance?
Guess not. What a waste - although he did volunteer.
Guess tihs happens when you believe politicians and
sign up for the military.
Hey bro just cause we volunteered doesnt mean we believe the politicians. Some of us got to do what we got to do. If this means joing the armed services to support ourselves or families or simply cant afford to go to college. Stop speaking on behalf of us. Just because we are over there fighting doesnt mean we believe in the war. Its called a job and someone has to do it.
If it's just a job, then stop whining when one of you gets DEAD.(The downside of that particular job.) Nobody forces you to join the military!
Only cowards and morons would type this BS on a forum of a soldier that ended his life because he could not deal with the war and what life waited for him here. If I had to defend people like you and their freedom, I think it would make me sick of life too.
Scooter Moonpie

Akron, OH

#140 Aug 18, 2008
Standing in silent honor for this young hero.
hometown girl

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#142 Aug 18, 2008
cji cuyahoga falls wrote:
<quoted text>You need to grow up and learn a little bit more about the war and why we are there. Isn't it a shame that U.S. was forwarned of a terroist attach? Maybe, and only maybe, we might have been able to get some kind of hold on it. I doubt it though because the terroists could be your neighbors!!
You are the biggest dumb a&( of them all. I lost my son in the war. Don't think you are going to tell me anything I don't know. Kiss my behind!!!

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#143 Aug 20, 2008
the poor guy had his kids taken away by this evil woman, i think it's a little unfair to blame this completely on the war.
Served with Hendon

North Royalton, OH

#144 Aug 21, 2008
I can say that I personally knew Hendon when out in Fort Dix NJ, training for our tour together. I know that he was converting to Islam because of his wife, and he did not feel like it was appropriate for a muslim to kill another muslim. His "wonderful" wife pressured him to drop out of the military because of this religious practice. Not even two weeks into our tour, he filed to become a contientous objector. After extensive questioning, he was removed from Iraq and discharged from the army. In those two weeks, our unit never saw action. We worked in a support unit, and Hendon was never given a duty rotation. I spoke to him before he left, and he stated his wife was pressuring him to leave. She is the reason for his untimely death. Her taking his kids and divorcing him caused him to kill himself. NOT IRAQ. Give the political banter all you want, it is our right as citizens. But don't chalk this up to war and the army. It was a psycho lady who controlled his life, took his children and left him. THE END.

Stow, OH

#145 Oct 29, 2008
I think it would have helped if he has a squared away unit we were in the same platoon my squad had an 82% falure rate in standard training.

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