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OUR YELM NEIGHBORS WHO GIVE THEIR LIVES FOR US!

1. “Locals advance military careers”
“Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Bryan R. Graves and fellow crew members aboard the amphibious transport dock USS New Orleans, home ported in San Diego, Calif., recently departed Naval Base Point Loma after completing a six-day demagnetizing evolution in preparation for the ships scheduled deployment.
Graves is the son of Lori J. Graves of Allenhurst and Terrence R. Graves of Lakewood, Wash. He is a 2006 graduate of Yelm High School in Yelm, Wash. and joined the Navy in August 2006,” quoting Coastal Courier.com.

2. “Upsurge of suicides at Lewis-McChord, Army-wide”

“Since the first of July, five soldiers from Joint Base Lewis-McChord have died in apparent suicides, part of an Army-wide upsurge in such deaths despite stepped-up prevention efforts…

Jared Hagemann

Ashley Joppa-Hagemann, of Yelm, is the widow of Staff Sgt. Jared Hagemann, 25, an Army Ranger whose body was found in late June at a training area at Lewis-McChord. His wife said it was a suicide, though the Army would not confirm that.

Joppa-Hagemann said her husband had deployed to combat zones eight times, including after briefly being admitted in 2009 to Madigan Army Medical Center, where she said he was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder.

In his final months of life, she said her husband was increasingly desperate to get out of a scheduled ninth deployment this year.

‘He actually had a gun to his head at least three times that last month talking about wanting to kill himself,’ said Joppa-Hagemann. ‘They pretty much backed him into a corner.’

She said the Thurston County Sheriff’s Department, which responded to the suicide threats, said they would contact her husband’s command.

The Army Rangers have yet to schedule a memorial service for her husband. She said she was told that was due to concerns that the service might generate media coverage.

Master Sgt. Eric Hendrix, a spokesman for the Special Operations Command that includes the Rangers, said it is unclear what caused Hagemann’s death and declined to comment on memorial-service plans.

‘I know that she [Joppa-Hagemann] is in a lot of pain, and the Army is making a concerted effort to make sure that she is taken care of'” said Hendrix,” quoting Hal Bernton in the Seattle Times.

UPDATE: August 25
“Widow wants recognition for soldier husband”
“JBLM: He died of a gunshot wound to his head June 28”
Read more from Adam Ashton in The Olympian.

Posted by Steve on August 18, 2011 at 6:08 am | Permalink

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