Memorial website in the memory of your loved one

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THE WAR AGAINST 

PTSD 

STARTS NOW!



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PTSD means
 
(Post Traumatic Stress Disorder)

                                                  

This site page is HUGE so it will

take some TIME TO LOAD, even on a

FAST Internet Connection.

PLEASE BE PATIENT, IT'S WORTH
THE WAIT!

There is SO MUCH info here, and SO MUCH
more we WANT to add so we
are currently working on a new website
to accommodate the flood of PTSD
info/news/progress available to share!

If the "contact Julie" button on the right
is not working or if you've not
gotten a response to an email sent 
(we've had some problems w/this email)

 PLEASE feel FREE to contact me (PLEASE!} 
by clicking below:
mail to: annie_250@yahoo.com
PLEASE

LIGHT A CANDLE (on the right)

A BEACON FOR OUR HEROES TO

LET THEM KNOW WHERE HOME IS

AND TO SHOW THEM THERE IS HOPE

AND TREATMENT FOR THIS MONSTER

DISORDER CALLED PTSD.

GOD BLESS THEM ALL!

BE SURE TO HIT REFRESH EACH TIME
YOU VISIT SO YOU DON'T MISS
THE NEW INFO ADDED!


"About 50 times a day we hear from 
some practitioners that a veteran is thinking about killing themselves," Richard Gibson, manager of the mental health division at Milwaukee's Zablocki VA Medical Center.
Experts tackle suicide prevention among combat veterans 

WALTER REED IS NOT THE ONLY
HOSPITAL FAILING OUR HEROES!
CLICK HERE FOR MORE!

A Welfare recipients gets better health
care than those who lie their lives
on the line for us!

Behind the Walls of Ward 54 (click here)

AND MORE!! Read on!

An Iowa National Guard soldier spoke out about the conditions at another military medical facility. 
"It's like they're trying to hide their dirty eggs. They don't want anybody to see us. They don't want anybody to treat us other than them so they can kind of keep it under wraps about how bad the PTSD problem really is," he said.
CLICK HERE for the WHOLE STORY

"Caring for veterans should be just as important as
buying the next batch of tanks and guns" says Herman
White of Ralph H Johnson Veteran Affairs Medical Center
read more

SHARE YOUR PTSD STORIES 

BY CLICKING
ON THE TRIBUTE AND CONDOLENCE BUTTON
WE MUST
LET THE NATION KNOW HOW RAMPANT
THIS KILLER IS WITH OUR TROOPS!

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ONE IN THREE 

OF OUR SERVICE MEN
AND WOMEN ARE RETURNING HOME WITH
PTSD

THAT IS...SO FAR..aprox.


>>> 462,000!!! <<<

What they found was that a growing number of deeply traumatized soldiers were being sent back into battle for multiple tours of duty and kept there even after superior officers were alerted to suicide warnings and other signs of mental illness. 
click here

                                                                                 

Friday, Dec. 22, 2006
 
was the ONE YEAR anniversary of Josh's passing. 
>PLEASE< 
light a candle (on the right) as a beacon for
 ALL THOSE HEROES with PTSD 
so they might find this site which contains the 
answers and help they may need.
 ALSO 
pass this site
 
ON
 to EVERYone you know, 
as IT WAS BY DOING SO, that THIS site has actually
SAVED LIVES! Let's see how many
 LIVES WE CAN SAVE  
Visit OFTEN!

click your "back" button after viewing any of the links to return to this site...
 
God Bless

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Founded in June 2004, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America is the nation's first and largest group dedicated to the Troops and Veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and the civilian supporters of those Troops and Veterans.


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This website was created in the memory of our beloved Hero, SPC Joshua Omvig of the 339th MP Company, who was born in Gillette, Wyoming on November 18, 1983 to proud parents, Randy and Ellen Omvig.  Josh left a hole in his family's hearts when he passed on December 22, 2005 at the age of 22, by his own hand, at his home in Iowa. Josh suffered from PTSD after serving an 11 month tour in Iraq.

Below we share
Josh's story. As hard as it is to do so, we know that silence on our parts would be easier on our broken hearts... silence however, would not help any one or save any lives... It won't prevent the tears, numbness, sleepless nights, broken dreams or give even one soul hope.

We know we have to talk about losing our Josh.

This site also reveals the stories of countless other military men, women and families who have dealt and are dealing with this killer disorder. The candles and condolences are filled with stories of those who've happened on our site and wanted to share their tragic truths with the Military and PTSD. We include here the why's, facts, studies, stories, information, support, contact info, and last but certainly not least, we reach out our hand to anyone who needs it.

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The War On PTSD is NOT about POLITICS. 
It doesn't matter if you are Republican or Democrat. It doesn't matter if you are for the war or anti war. 
This is about 
DOING SOMETHING ABOUT AN EPIDEMIC
THAT LEFT AS IS, WILL WIPE OUT, at the very least...
 A WHOLE GENERATION.
 
It's about taking care of your kids, your grandkids, your neighbors, your fellow human beings.

The ONLY thing we ask is that you read the facts and then decide if YOU TOO are ANTI- PTSD...If so, please HELP US
in any way you feel you can!



The Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors, Inc. (TAPS)
EXCEPTIONAL SUPPORT FOR VETERAN AND MILITARY
FAMILIES AND SURVIVORS

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FACT

>>>>     ONE IN THREE <<<<<  
of our troops
ARE RETURNING HOME WITH THIS DISORDER

*note* This number is what the Gov. is admitting to.

With troops being sent BACK for NUMEROUS REDEPLOYMENTS the ACTUAL percentage is without a doubt, according to statistics, 100% returning with some degree of PTSD or mental trauma!

FACT

Before this is over,

 EVERY ONE OF YOU 

will be touched in someway by this disorder. 
If not in your family, then in someone's family YOU KNOW

The statistics PROVE IT!
 
We will forever love and remember our Josh. 
We honor him with the wonderful things happening because of this site and what sharing his story with the world is doing for other heroes and their families. 

We will
NOT REST until NO LIFE IS EVER LOST TO THIS 
DEMON DISORDER...until NO FAMILIES ARE DESTROYED BECAUSE OF IT.
 
IT IS TREATABLE
!
 
IT IS
PREVENTABLE!


THIS IS WAR!

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YOU can SAVE A HUMAN LIFE... 

yes
 
YOU!!! 

It's as easy as sharing this site with
EVERYONE you know, and asking them to do the same... 

We were
 
BLESSED to be informed that THIS SITE SAVED A LIFE in its FIRST MONTH and continues changing lives today. 
NOW...Read on...
 
Josh, rest now, go to the light. 
We will continue to carry your torch...
We LOVE YOU...
Your Family

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Help our Military Men and Women!

WRITE YOUR GOVERNMENT REPRESENTATIVES AND 
ASK THEM TO SUPPORT OUR VETS BY CO-SPONSORING
 
House Bill HR 1588

AND

House Bill - H.R.327 IH (Josh's Bill in House), 
*UPDATE*
 March 21, 2007 
The Joshua Omvig Veterans Suicide Prevention Act
PASSED UNANIMOUSLY IN THE HOUSE!

NOW ON TO THE SENATE!!!!
Senate Bill - S.479 IS (Josh's Bill in Senate),
AND
Senate Bill- S. 3984

(HR 1588 IH is here, also # S.3984 in Senate):

http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/z?d109:HR01588:@@@P

(HR 327 IH is here):

CLICK

Is your rep on this list of co-sponsors? 
If not DON'T VOTE FOR THEM! Write them,
call them...
YOU DO COUNT! We KNOW, We DID IT!

(S.479 IS is here):
CLICK


      Let YOUR voice be heard     
It's EASY to do!

(Go to the link below...enter your zip and it tells you your senate and congressman's name and email address. Click on the email address and it will bring up an email all ready to send to them.)

Find Your Congressmen and Senators HERE:
http://www.visi.com/juan/congress/


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Contact YOUR SENATORS and ask them to jump on board 
The JOSHUA OMVIG VETERANS SUICIDE PREVENTION ACT introduced by Congressman Boswell of Iowa, and passed
unanimously in the House Veterans Committee and Sub 
Committee, AND ALSO UNANIMOUSLY in the 
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES MARCH 21, 2007!  
read below or in the "His Legacy"
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               Josh's Story           
                                                                                                                 
    
                                                                                                                       
    
                                                                                                                  


THE SHOT HEARD 

AROUND
THE

WORLD


Josh was a Proud American, an American Hero and a member of the United States Army Reserve 339th MP Company based in Davenport, Iowa. At six foot three,  the impressiveness  of his jet black hair, dark brown, almost black, eyes and long black eye lashes were matched only by his devilish charm and wit. Josh was everyone's friend whether he knew you or not. There were no strangers when he was in the room. He made everyone feel apart of the whole, and being the "clown" of the class made sure entertainment was never lacking either. 

To say Josh was the typical "Kid Next Door" sounds odd but he really was JUST A GOOD KID. His whole life he wanted to work in public service and stayed focused on that dream of being a Police Officer for as long as I can remember. He always kept his nose clean knowing it was going to someday be important to his career. He loved to participate in sports, hang out with his friends, play video games and spend time with his family.

As an adult, Josh was a PROUD member of the Grundy Center American Lutheran Church, the Grundy Center Volunteer Fire Department, and the Grundy Center Police Reserves.
 

He insisted on graduating early from high school after joining the reserves to get his career started. So excited about his future, he wanted to get into basic training as fast as he could....He had wanted to serve and protect his country, and it's citizens. His dream of becoming a Police Officer was nearly here. The Army Reserves was his ticket to achieving that dream.

......then came 911, The War Against Terror, Operation Iraqi Freedom, and Iraq.

In November of 2004, Josh returned from an 11 month tour of duty in Iraq, fighting for his country and it's people in "Operation Iraqi Freedom."

While serving in Iraq, the conditions where unimaginable, and worse yet were the UNSPEAKABLE "jobs" and "duties" they had to do.

One truly can't understand unless they've been there, what these men and women face every single day. From the moment they set foot on foreign soil, they are in a combat zone every single second of every single day ...until they return home. Any moment could be their last moment... they know it... they have to... in order to survive. 

The stories that come out of these war zones covered in the news are unimaginable to those of us safe in our homes. It's inconceivable, the damage that could be done to one's mind after seeing the mutilation an IED does to a human body, or what it would be like to retrieve the body parts of a friend to send home to their family for burial. 

What must it be like to have to watch your back 24 hours a day, even while you sleep...to know any garbage bag on the side of the road could be a bomb...any child could be a decoy for an ambush....any woman who approaches you crying could be strapped with explosives...that giving a candy bar to a child could cost that child his arms as retrobution for accepting it.

THE STORIES JUST GO ON..AND ON...AND ON!

Josh loved his country, and was HONORED to defend her and the freedoms of it's people. He knew why he had to do the things he and others did, he was just never able to recover from having seen and done them.

He came home to us from Iraq with PTSD (POST TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER) and was never the same Josh again.

Josh's "DEBRIEFING" consisted of ONLY 15 minutes of "Welcome Home, Got any Problems? No? Great.. well, Let us know...See Ya"
AND IT'S HAPPENING TO OTHERS: Read the article - 
"Navy acts to improve mental health screening for sailors"

THIS IS COMMON AMONG OUR RETURNING NATIONAL GUARD AND RESERVE UNITS!

THIS IS NOT EVEN THEIR PROTOCOL (rules) FOR DEBRIEFING! 
What they are doing (OR NOT DOING) is killing our troops! 

We knew Josh was having a hard time, but not in ANY way to the extent it REALLY was. We surely didn't know it had a name, or that it was an epidemic with our American Heroes in and returning from Iraq.

We knew there was such a thing as PTSD, but it just never "clicked" that THIS was what was happening to our Josh!..Josh was the clown, the one with the smile, the one who made others feel better. He hid the magnitude this disorder had on him very well. He suffered in silence like MOST of our soldiers with PTSD are doing.
 
On Thurs. Dec. 22, 2005, our Josh took his life after leaving a note explaining his torment.

Through the course of Josh's viewing and funeral ( attended by an overflow crowd of over 500 ), his family was made aware there were others suffering from the same disorder, in silence, like Josh had...LOTS OF THEM 

While sitting in the Emergency Room for ONE HOUR with their dead son's body, being asked and explained about ORGAN DONATION, the nurse got off the phone with University Hospital in Iowa City and told Josh's parents that despite Josh's request to have his organs donated, 
"OH, I'M SORRY... WE FORGOT THAT HE CAN'T DONATE ORGANS BECAUSE HE WAS IN THE MID EAST... HE HAS A VIRUS." 

When asked "WHAT Virus?", they were 'put off' and never responded to.
 
When BEGGED by Josh's parents to TEST him to SEE if he had a VIRUS "just in case he COULD DONATE".. They just said,
"WE WON'T CHECK THE BODIES, EVERYBODY FROM THE MID EAST HAS GOT IT"
"..it's a blanket policy!"




EVERYBODY from the Mid East HAS IT?
What IS this Virus?

WARNING THE SITE BELOW IS GRAPHIC WITH HORRENDOUS PHOTOS OF CHILDREN BORN WITH THE BIRTH DEFECTS CAUSED BY DEPLETED URANIUM EXPOSURE IN IRAQ...DO NOT LET CHILDREN OR ANYONE UNDER 18 VIEW IT!!!!

(but it's necessary to accompany the written statements on this site with FACTS): VISIT THE SITE

What will this do to those who survive? What about them having children? What about? What about? WE WANT ANSWERS AND THEY WON'T TALK TO US!~!!!

Since then, his family and I (Josh's Aunt Julie) have been doing TONS of research on PTSD and how our Military Heroes are having to deal with it as well as the problems they are facing with getting PROPER treatment. We have been searching the internet to find other Vets out there struggling, other families and loved ones devastated by PTSD... on message boards, email groups, military news groups, newspaper articles, tv news reports, etc....

there are
THOUSANDS!!!

Josh never sought out help. We've also since learned it's very hard for 
our soldiers to talk about it.. period, let alone seek help! They are
AFRAID TO!
HereWhy:
http://philippinesphil.blogspot.com/



Less Than Half of Soldiers With Mental Health Problems Seek Treatment
"For all returning soldiers, there were strong correlations between being shot at, handling dead bodies,
knowing someone who was killed, or killing the enemy and the subsequent development of PTSD. And yet of those who met the criteria for a mental disorder, only 38% to 45% expressed an interest in receiving help, and only 23% to 40% reported receiving help in the past year. The participants who screened positive for a mental disorder were the least likely to seek treatment because of a fear of stigmatization, harming their careers, or other barriers."
View This Study (Adobe Reader required)

THIS NEEDS TO CHANGE!

The Family Gave Two Interviews About Josh's
Death... one of which won awards as the 
first in a PTSD Series for Editor Dennis Magee
of the Waterloo Courier. You can read those
stories here:

Click>>JOSH'S STORY<<CLICK

AS TOLD TO DENNIS MAGEE
AND JENNIFER JACOBS of the Waterloo
Courier and Des Moines Register


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"Another Army study, published in The New England Journal of Medicine  IN 2004, THREE YEARS AGO~~, found that 17 percent of U.S. combat troops, including Army and Marines, experienced major depression and combat stress, the highest rate since Vietnam."
Read the article - "Combat Duty in Iraq and Afghanistan, Mental Health Problems, and Barriers to Care"

"Just one-fourth to less than half of those with post-traumatic stress disorder sought help, according to the Army study. And some 65 percent of those questioned said they worry that if they asked for help, it would make them look weak or affect their military careers."
(From the Dallas News December 3, 2005)

The government won't give them REAL help unless they are completely incapacitated (unable to work/function)...this is not the case in almost all I've met/seen. They are nearly all functioning...but in HELL.

                                                                                                                

                                                                                                               

READ ON ABOUT

MORE NEEDLESS

LIVES LOST
:

                                          
  

                                          

CLICK HERE
http://www.joshua-omvig.memory-of.com/Timeline.aspx


                                                    

                                                    
 

*note*
We are in the process of moving all the photos below of our lost heroes to the "Timeline" pages because
they are slowing down the main page too much and
many people are having to wait (some up to NINE) minutes to see the main page...so please bear with us...we have many MANY more new pics/stories
to add also, so check back OFTEN!


>> JONATHAN SCHULZE <<



Son to Jim, Stepson to Mariann....Fiancee, Daddy to 
a Daughter and another on the way

Jonathan's Story 

Young Marine Dies Of PTSD - And Neglect

                                                         

                                                         

>> JASON COOPER <<



Jason's Memorial TShirt (Available on his website below)

Son to Terri

Jason's Story and Memorial Website

Mother of Suicide Vet Flies Old Glory Upside Down
(Check out all the COMMENTS ALSO was "Most 
discussed article on Alternet"


                                                            

                                                            

>> KEVIN McCARTY <<



Husband to Tina, Daddy to Kendall

Kevin's Memorial Website

                                                             

                                                             

>> MICHAEL DICKEY <<



Husband to Emisha, Daddy to Enrick

Michael's Memorial Site

                                                                

                                                                 

>> DOUGLAS BARBER <<



Don of Martha and the late Doug Sr. Brother of Connie
and the late Anthony Barber

Doug's Memorial Website

                                                                   

                                                                   

>> DOMINIC CAMPISI <<



Dom, son to Connie and the late Anthony,
brother to Roy.

Dom's Memorial Website

                                                                          

                                                                           

 >> REBECCA MARSEGLIA <<



Becky, Daughter to Diane M. Ellis-Marseglia and
Mark Marseglia (wife Paula)
Loving sister of Katelyn Blair Marseglia 

Becky's Memorial Website

                                                     

                                                     

>> STEVEN LOGAN <<



Steven, son of Patty, brother to Lisa and Brtittany

Steven's Memorial Website

                                                                    

                                                                    

>> BRANDON RATLIFF <<



Brandon, son to Susan, Nephew to Sally

Brandon's Memorial Website

                                                            

                                                            

>> WILLIAM WEISS <<



Bill, son to Mary

Bill's Memorial Website

                                                          

                                                          

>> BENNY RIGGINS <<


Click here to see Joshua Omvig's
Family Tree
Tributes and Condolences
Doing something meaningful   / Matt Breen (None)
First, let me offer my condolences to Randy and Ellen, Josh's parents. As a father of three myself, I couldn't imagine what the loss of a child would do.

I didn't know Josh. That is to say I didn't know him until his aunt, Julie Westly, st...  Continue >>
Wife of a Vet with PTSD who didn't make it   / Pat Vaughn
  I am so sorry to hear our young soldiers are not getting the help they need. I thought after Viet Nam our Goverment would wise up. My husband Lannie returned from war in Aug. 1972 We married in 1973. He suffered for 31 years. He said he was li...  Continue >>
Thanks  / Sidney Greenbush (Fan and "Carrie" From "Little House On The Prairie" TV Series )
We can never repay the debt we owe to those that have served so that the rest of us can live free.All we can do is say thank you and make sure your gift to the free is never forgottenRest in PeaceSidney *note from Julie..Josh's Aunt* Sidney, Josh's f...  Continue >>
Humble Condolences   / Terry Shifflett (comrad in arms )
I am a Desert Storm Vet, totally disabled because of PTSD. many of my fellow vets, as well as myself, know the torment your son was going through. On behalf of US, I Humbly offer our Heart felt condolences.

I went thru, and put my fa...  Continue >>
Thank you for your service to our country, Josh.   / Ilona Meagher (none)
And thank you to the Omvig family for creating this important website. May you find peace... "God seemed to have made him just what he was that he might be a blessing to others, and when the influence of his character and abilities began to be...  Continue >>
Wife of a PTSD Vet  / Laura Hornbrook     Read >>
Think of you often.  / Beau Murry (Friend)    Read >>
On our way home again...  / Betsy Galbreath (fellow soldier in 339th )    Read >>
Tribute / Sean Wireman (didnt really know him )    Read >>
Our Heart and Prayers to you!  / Geritol Ranger Iraq Vet     Read >>
PTSD survivor - non-combat  / Debbie Nelson     Read >>
Brother of a former soldier with PTSD  / Nathan Smith (None)    Read >>
Happy Veteran's Day Spc. Omvig  / Nick Taylor (former member of the 339th MP Co )    Read >>
Josh / Russ Omvig (His Uncle )    Read >>
suffer the silent  / Dalia Cox (none/Soldier)    Read >>
More tributes and condolences...
Click here to pay tribute or offer your condolences
His legacy
JOSHUA OMVIG VETERANS SUICIDE PREVENTION ACT  

Column for the week of July 17, 2006

NOW HR 327 in the House,
S 479 in the Senate


Boswell Briefing...
By Congressman Leonard Boswell


Joshua Omvig Veterans Suicide Prevention Act


"As a fellow veteran, I am honored to announce I recently introduced the Joshua Omvig Veterans Suicide Prevention Act."

It is estimated almost 1,000 veterans receiving care from Department of Veterans Affairs commit suicide each year. Since March 2003, 79 individuals, having served in Iraq or Afghanistan, have committed suicide. I am extremely troubled these men and women did not receive the proper attention they needed. Suicide rates for soldiers in Iraq are higher than the suicide rates during the Gulf War or the Vietnam War.

As a fellow veteran, I am honored to announce I recently introduced the Joshua Omvig Veterans Suicide Prevention Act. If enacted, this legislation woulddirect the Department of Veterans Affairs to develop a comprehensive program to regularly screen and monitor all veterans for risk factors of suicide. This bill would also set up a tracking and counseling referral system to ensure all veterans deemed a suicide risk would receive the appropriate help. In addition, this legislation would provide 24-hour mental health care for veterans who are found to be at risk for suicide and would provide education and training for all VA staff, contractors, and medical personnel who have interaction with veterans.

This legislation grew out of the tragic death of Joshua Omvig from Grundy Center, Iowa who took his life after returning home from an 11-month tour in Iraq. Not all wounds inflected in combat are visible. A simple screening and tracking process could have provided Joshua with the counseling he needed, saving his life. We must now protect those who have kept us safe for so long.

Our men and women in uniform and their families have made many sacrifices for our country, and we must ensure they receive the proper care and treatment once they return home.

As a Vietnam Veteran, I honor the men and women currently serving our nation around the world. During the upcoming months of the 109th Congress, I will continue to work with my colleagues to ensure all veterans are given the proper care they need. For more information on suicide prevention please visit the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline’s website at http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org  . If you or someone you know are in a crisis please call 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

If you have comments or are having difficulty with a federal agency call my office toll-free 1-888-432-1984

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