Marine's Widow Speaks Out About His V...

Marine's Widow Speaks Out About His Violent Death

There are 28 comments on the WUSA Washington, DC story from May 15, 2008, titled Marine's Widow Speaks Out About His Violent Death. In it, WUSA Washington, DC reports that:

WUSA Two brothers from Stafford County, Virginia died in a bizarre murder-suicide thousands of miles from home.

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willie

Baltimore, MD

#1 May 16, 2008
How horrible and how sad..and how absolutely preventable! The military continues to turn away from the PTSD--and has after every war---They need to recognize this problem - need to get these brave men and women help - and need to do it NOW!
vze529

Washington, DC

#2 May 16, 2008
Typical of the DOD/VA and all the flippen brass.

Sorry for your pain
Bob Beggan

Vienna, VA

#3 May 16, 2008
Thank you for the way you covered the Travis Twiggs tradegy. I sent the message below yesterday
To: [email protected]
Sent: Thursday, May 15, 2008 10:20:49 AM
Subject: help set the record straight- Travis Twiggs

Tom,



Your Jan 6th article and excerpt by Travis Twiggs was right on.



This morning on www.abc15.com and www.12news.com I was saddened to learn of the tragedy in Arizona which you and I know started some time ago in Afghanistan and Iraq . Below is a comment I e-mailed to 12News. I plan a similar comment to ABC15.



Having known Travis Twiggs and his family for 2 years, they rent a house we own near Quantico , my wife and I firmly believe the real story here is not about a chase/suicide. The real story is captured in the link right at the beginning of your article which most people won't open.



The real story is how this war, and PTSD devastates lives and families. The real story is also how the Marine Corps blew it.



Contrary to the impression given, Travis Twiggs was a very good man. One had just to watch him interact with Kellee and the girls, or see him jump in to help his neighbors to know this. He loved the Marine Corps. He'd often get up pre-dawn to work out to ensure he stayed in shape.



While he was at Bethesda Naval Hospital I would occasionally e-mail him with words of encouragement. The first time I did it I said, "I hope you don't mind". It took a while for Travis to respond. He said he couldn't get to a computer often, but my words "meant more than you'll ever know".



Travis loved his family and loved the Corps. That is what we will always remember



Bob Beggan
Alexandria , VA

Marcea

Washington, DC

#4 May 16, 2008
How very sad, that they were in this much pain and felt this was the only way out. This is just the beginning for more that will follow suffering the affects of this war and with a military not admitting or willing to treat them. My deepest sympathy to their family for this senseless loss.
Paul

Washington, DC

#5 May 16, 2008
That is a sad storie. That is why they should had only did one tour. I know you can not see that much death and bougher you. USMC should have done something. My prays go out to them.
George Bush AHOLE

Frederick, MD

#6 May 16, 2008
Yea, but Bush is sacrificing as well...
Smurf - VA

United States

#7 May 16, 2008
This is a sad story and ridiculous that it had to end this way. I would never encourage anyone to join the military. People go to fight for our country risking their lives several times as it seems this guy did. Then to need mental medical assistance and get the run around with numerous medications and even be told that he's "weak." The Marines are known to brainwash anyone that joins with them and mess folks all up in the head. I hope this family gets a thorough investigation done and his wife/children be compensated for the rest of their lives.
Just the Truth

Reston, VA

#8 May 16, 2008
Smurf - VA wrote:
This is a sad story and ridiculous that it had to end this way. I would never encourage anyone to join the military. People go to fight for our country risking their lives several times as it seems this guy did. Then to need mental medical assistance and get the run around with numerous medications and even be told that he's "weak." The Marines are known to brainwash anyone that joins with them and mess folks all up in the head. I hope this family gets a thorough investigation done and his wife/children be compensated for the rest of their lives.
You are a smurf - and a jerk.
Silence DoGood

Napa, CA

#9 May 16, 2008
Smurf - VA

United States

#10 May 16, 2008
Just the Truth wrote:
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You are a smurf - and a jerk.
You must be a Marine and I think folks including your family need to be on the lookout with you as well. Remember this: "Opinions are like butt holes. Everyone has one and it stinks."
Retired Army

Frederick, MD

#11 May 16, 2008
Smurf VA you stated,
"This is a sad story and ridiculous that it had to end this way. I would never encourage anyone to join the military. People go to fight for our country risking their lives several times as it seems this guy did. Then to need mental medical assistance and get the run around with numerous medications and even be told that he's "weak." The Marines are known to brainwash anyone that joins with them and mess folks all up in the head. I hope this family gets a thorough investigation done and his wife/children be compensated for the rest of their lives."

You apparently know nothing about the Marine Corps. Even though I am retired Army, I work with Marines on a daily basis. I can tell you first hand they are not brainwashed. They are taught to love their country and love the Marine Corp. Just as I was taught to love my country and love the Army. They wear that uniform with pride, dignity and respect. Just as I wore the Army uniform with the same pride, dignity and respect. You have no idea what the hell you are talking about. You may not encourage people to join the military. But I can guarantee the ones who do serve whether it be 4, 6 or even 20 years will by far do more for this country than you or people like you will do in a life time. Next time do some damn research before you let your fingers do your talking.
Wanda

Herndon, VA

#12 May 16, 2008
My heart goes out to the
Twiggs family. I am so sorry that SSGT Twiggs didn't get the help he so desparately needed. To medicate a person with 19 drugs doesn't get to the root of the problem. These fine men and women serving in war situations need mandatory counseling for however long it takes to get them better.
GFY

Colonial Heights, VA

#13 May 16, 2008
I have known and served with Travis for six years. He was the best Marine I knew. He taught me alot of what it meant to be a Marine. I saw all the same "action" he did and it killed me to see him suffer the last two years. It's been over six months since I last saw my friend.
The Marine Corps isn't a perfect orginization, but it does care for its people and seeks to help them the best it can. For people like SmurfVA......you don't have a clue what you're talking, you didn't even know Travis, his story and what led up to it. It's people like you who hinder this country and what it stands for. Instead of whining, and complaining, get an original thought in your head and do something productive.
GFY

Colonial Heights, VA

#14 May 16, 2008
Smurf - VA wrote:
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You must be a Marine and I think folks including your family need to be on the lookout with you as well. Remember this: "Opinions are like butt holes. Everyone has one and it stinks."
Smurf...Still lacking an original thought.
Mat

United States

#15 May 16, 2008
This is so sad. Where were their family and friends for help? You can't mix alcohol and meds. Surely they reached out but NO ONE heard them. You can't blame just the Army. Family and Friends have to step in too. Do the other brother really want to die?
Military Brat

Woodbridge, VA

#16 May 16, 2008
Maybe all the critics on this story need to do some research and see that SSgt Twiggs wrote an article ( http://riograndevalleyvamc.com/Agenda.aspxon ) on his own trials and tribulations with PTSD and all the military WAS doing for him. He was encouraging treatment for others who may not feel there is a problem. Yes, the miltary members are aware of the signs and they offer assistance. Read his article and you will note his comments as to what he went through for assistance from his command. I feel for his family what has happened to him, but there are two sides to every story and since he and his brother are no longer here, we don't get their side as to what made them feel this was the way to go. It is very unfortunate for our military members and their families that the media presents stories like this with limited facts.
Gustavo C

Fredericksburg, VA

#17 May 16, 2008
I served with him tours to Iraq my condolences to the family, he was a great Leader and a grat person. we'll always be remember him. in name of all 2/6 Marines ........UURRAHH SEPER FIDELIS SSGT. TWIGGS.
I liked the story

Arlington, VA

#18 May 17, 2008
What media are you talking about? WUSA 9 broke the story locally and they presented a sympathetic picture of Travis, his family and his wife's opinion about what contributed to this tragic event. How does reporting that make it "unfortunate for the military and their family members"? What's unfortunate is how so many people are willing to march in lockstep with anything the miltary brass and the White House says (i.e the Pentagon officers and politicans more concerned about safeguarding their careers than the men and women risking their lives for all of us) Have you forgotten the mess at Walter Reed Hospital? The lack of body armor and other essentials in Iraq, how long it took the Armed Forces to admit PTSD, etc. The media needs to keep reporting more on cases like this not less.

Military Brat wrote:
Maybe all the critics on this story need to do some research and see that SSgt Twiggs wrote an article ( http://riograndevalleyvamc.com/Agenda.aspxon ) on his own trials and tribulations with PTSD and all the military WAS doing for him. He was encouraging treatment for others who may not feel there is a problem. Yes, the miltary members are aware of the signs and they offer assistance. Read his article and you will note his comments as to what he went through for assistance from his command. I feel for his family what has happened to him, but there are two sides to every story and since he and his brother are no longer here, we don't get their side as to what made them feel this was the way to go. It is very unfortunate for our military members and their families that the media presents stories like this with limited facts.
doc guzman

Maplewood, NJ

#19 May 17, 2008
having served in company g with ssgt twigggs it was clear to me that this man would lay his life on the line for any and all his marines or sailors. he was a great marine and always lead from the front and expected his marines to do the same. he was a perfect role models for others and it's so sad that because of the media he'll be remembered to those who didn't know him as a man who led police on a high speed chase before his life came to a tragic end. i believe that the military needs to do more for our troops returning from this war regardless if they are diagnosed with PTSD or not. a questionaire is not the solution anyone can B*llsh*it on a piece a paper. the va and other medical personnel who treat these patients need to start wasting the same energy and put in the same hard work in serving us, as we have put in serving our country. my heart goes out to kelly, ireland, and america may god bless you and the rest of the twiggs family.
lizardking

Pittsburgh, PA

#20 May 17, 2008
I had the privelege to serve with ssgt. Twiggs. He taught me how to be a good marine. I will aiways remember our times in Iraq and jungle warfare training in Okinawa. I will always remember you WAR PIG!!!!!!

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