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Army medic made famous in Iraq photo dies

There are 7 comments on the TwinCities.com story from Jul 8, 2008, titled Army medic made famous in Iraq photo dies. In it, TwinCities.com reports that:

A former Army medic made famous by a photograph that showed him carrying an injured Iraqi boy during the first week of the war in March 2003 has died of an apparent overdose, police said.

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MNMOM

Phoenix, AZ

#1 Jul 8, 2008
How tragic! sounds like he changed his mind, but it was too late.

Thank you Mr. Dwyer- for your service to our Country. Sympathies to his family.
Concerned citizen

Philadelphia, PA

#2 Jul 8, 2008
It is a shame to see anyone die like this. I truly hope this tragedy opens some eyes and will somehow create a good turn in that it highlights the absolute necessity of proper care and treatment for those brave men and women suffering from post traumatic stress disorder.

These heroes were willing to lay their very lives on the line for our great Country and we do not give them the support and treatment they so badly need.
Mr. Dwyer is now and has been a hero since his time in service. My deepest condolences to his family.
Jesus Christ

Fort Huachuca, AZ

#3 Jul 8, 2008
George Bush and Dick Cheney are both inconsolible after hearing the news I'm sure. They will think twice about starting another war and allowing cameras.
firestorm_lange

Madison, WI

#4 Jul 9, 2008
Not long ago I posted a clipping about the suicide rate among returning veterans. Most people wrote in saying it was hogwash, there was no real problem. Maybe it's time to rethink that.

120 US Veterans Committing Suicide Every Week

In the general population the suicide rate is 8.9 per 100,000. Amongst veterans the rate is 18.7-20.8 per 100,000. In veterans aged 20-24 the rate jumps to between 22.9-31.9 - quadruple the rate for the same group in the general population.

Still think its not a problem?
Homer J

Baraboo, WI

#5 Jul 9, 2008
firestorm_lange wrote:
Not long ago I posted a clipping about the suicide rate among returning veterans. Most people wrote in saying it was hogwash, there was no real problem. Maybe it's time to rethink that.
120 US Veterans Committing Suicide Every Week
In the general population the suicide rate is 8.9 per 100,000. Amongst veterans the rate is 18.7-20.8 per 100,000. In veterans aged 20-24 the rate jumps to between 22.9-31.9 - quadruple the rate for the same group in the general population.
Still think its not a problem?
Good post firestorm. I hope most people know of this terrible problem. I urge EVERYONE if you suspect a friend,relative (or anyone else you may come in contact with) is having sucidal thoughts or having a hard time reacclimating into society after deployment to get them help ASAP. There are many sources out there. If you have questions contact your local VA or Suicide Hotline. Other avenues are your American Legion, VFW or All Service club and ask for the service officer as they may have some local information. Again people PLEASE PLEASE ask for help!
Suzette

Cottage Grove, MN

#6 Jul 9, 2008
The young men and women who fought in this war will require medical care for both body and spirit long after the last soldier has come home. I hope paying for that is in some budget somewhere, because we certainly owe it to them.
terry

Farmington, MN

#7 Jul 9, 2008
march of 2003....thats 2 months before GW Bush declared the war was won...its how many year later now???

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