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Marine accused in B'klyn officer torture-murder

Marine accused in B'klyn officer torture-murder case yanked for psych eval after court urination

BY CORKY SIEMASZKO
DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER

Friday, February 4th 2011

One of the Marines accused of torturing and murdering their Brooklyn-raised commanding officer and his wife was having his head examined Friday after he suddenly began urinating during his court hearing.

Kesuan Sykes, whose nickname is "Psycho," was in the midst of a pre-trial hearing when he stood up and began flinging urine around a California courtroom.

Court officers pounced on the shackled suspect, and the judge ordered Sykes to undergo a mental evaluation after the disgusting display, which happened last Friday.

Sykes, 23, is believed to be the most disturbed of the four Marines charged with the brutal murders of Sgt. Jan Pawel Pietrzak and his wife, Quiana.

Sykes allegedly joked about sodomizing Quiana Pietrzak with a sex toy - in front of her hog-tied husband - and made "buzzing sounds," a detective has testified.

Pietrzak, 24, a Polish immigrant who grew up in Bensonhurst, and his 26-year-old wife were killed after the intruders burst into their Riverside County home.

Tyrone Miller and Kevin Cox, both 23, and 21-year-old Emrys John are also charged with murdering the newlyweds during the robbery.

The sadistic fiends discussed burning the Pietrzaks alive, but couldn't light a shirt on fire on the stove, police said. So they shot them both in the head.

Cops later found stolen jewelry, an ATM card and Pietrzak's dress uniform in the accused Marines' rooms at the Camp Pendleton military base.
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How American soldiers are falling apart
War in context 22 Febbraio 2011
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New York Magazine reports:

U.S. Army on prozac.

Even at the lowest point of the Global War on Terror—in April 2004, say, when the number of casualties was spinning out of control and it looked like there was no end in sight—morale among our troops ran fairly high. Yet today, with casualties tapering and a slightly improved prognosis for stability, our troops, by every conceivable external measure, are falling apart. Veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars make up a disproportionate number of the jobless; the Army’s divorce rate, which used to be lower than the civilian population’s, has surpassed it and is higher still among those who’ve deployed. A spokesman at Fort Drum, home to the 10th Mountain Division here in New York State, tells me by e-mail that one-quarter of its 20,000 soldiers have “received some type of behavioral health evaluation and/or treatment during the past year.” Defense Department spending on Ambien, a popular sleep aid, and Seroquel, an antipsychotic, has doubled since 2007, according to the Army Times, while spending on Topamax, an anti-convulsant medication often used for migraines, quadrupled; amphetamine prescriptions have doubled, too, according to the Army’s own data. Meanwhile, a study by the Rand Corporation has found that 20 percent of the soldiers who’ve deployed in this war report symptoms of post-traumatic stress and major depression.The number climbs to almost 30 percent if the soldiers have deployed more than twice.

“I feel like people with my symptoms are becoming the majority of the Army,” says a major from the New York area who recently started taking Effexor, an antidepressant, and a variety of sleep meds after a second tour in Iraq. “Feeling anxious when you don’t have a reason to, being a little depressed, having low-grade anhedonia, not sleeping well—this is the new normal for those of us who’ve been repeatedly deployed.”

The Army’s own research confirms that drug and alcohol abuse, disciplinary infractions, and criminal activity are increasing among active-duty service members. Most ominously, a growing number of soldiers can’t handle the strains of war at all. Until three years ago, the suicide rate of the Army, the branch with by far the most men and women in this war, was actually lower than the American population’s—a testament to the hardiness of our troops, given that young men with weapons are, at least as a statistical matter, disproportionately prone to suicide. But in 2008, the Army suicide rate surpassed that of the civilian population’s, and the Marines’ surpassed it shortly thereafter. So grim is the problem that this summer, the Army released a remarkably candid suicide report. “If we include accidental death, which frequently is the result of high-risk behavior (e.g., drinking and driving, drug overdose),” it concluded, “we find that less young men and women die in combat than die by their own actions. Simply stated, we are often more dangerous to ourselves than the enemy.”

In other words, nearly as many soldiers are dying at home today as are dying abroad.

The New York Times reports:
In his last months alive, Senior Airman Anthony Mena rarely left home without a backpack filled with medications.

He returned from his second deployment to Iraq complaining of back pain, insomnia, anxiety and nightmares. Doctors diagnosed post-traumatic stress disorder and prescribed powerful cocktails of psychiatric drugs and narcotics.

Yet his pain only deepened, as did his depression. “I have almost given up hope,” he told a doctor in 2008, medical records show. “I should have died in Iraq.”

Airman Mena died instead in his Albuquerque apartment, on July 21, 2009, five months after leaving the Air Force on a medical discharge. A toxicologist found eight prescription medications in his blood, including three antidepressants, a sedative, a sleeping pill and two potent painkillers.

Yet his death was no suicide, the medical examiner concluded. What killed Airman Mena was not an overdose of any one drug, but the interaction of many. He was 23.

After a decade of treating thousands of wounded troops, the military’s medical system is awash in prescription drugs — and the results have sometimes been deadly.
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Thousands of US veterans homeless

Tue Feb 22, 2011

Nearly 76,000 US military veterans were homeless on a given night in 2009, and close to 136,000 veterans resided in shelters that same year, a study has shown.

According to an assessment recently released by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), on a single night in January 2009, 75,609 veterans were homeless with 57 percent of them staying in an emergency shelter or transitional housing program.

The remaining 43 percent were either living on the street, in an abandoned building, or other uninhabitable places.

The Department of Veterans Affairs has put the number of homeless veterans in the United States at about 107,000.

“This report offers a much clearer picture about what it means to be a veteran living on our streets or in our shelters,” HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan said in a statement.

“Understanding the nature and scope of veteran homelessness is critical to meeting President [Barack] Obama's goal of ending veterans' homelessness within five years.”

About 20 percent of the 1.6 million veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder.

Figures released in 2010 by the Department of Veterans Affairs show a dramatic increase in suicide rates among veterans aged 18 to 29 years old, due in large part to multiple deployments and the overall stress of combat.
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Post time 2011-3-10 07:32:11 |Display all floors

Female US troops more likely to divorce

Wed Mar 9, 2011

The marriages of female US soldiers are more than twice as likely to end in divorce than those of their male counterparts, according to a recent study by the Pentagon.


The study indicates that last year, 7.8 percent of women in the US military got a divorce, compared with 3 percent of the men, a Press TV correspondent in Washington reported.

Divorce attorney Jessica Adler, who has been working on divorce cases from clients who have served in both Iraq and Afghanistan, says military marriages have shown difficulties in all demographics.

“It is a huge conflict in marriage and there is a much higher rate of cheating, first of all, in military relationships. So, there is higher cheating,” she further explained.

The findings come as a new poll finds that the majority of Americans want all US troops withdrawn from war-wrecked Afghanistan within one year.

The polling firm Rasmussen has found that for the first time a majority of likely voters wants the US government to set a firm timetable for 2012.

Experts estimate that about 220,000 women have served in Afghanistan and Iraq in roles ranging from helicopter pilots to police officers.

To date, more than 7,000 US-led troops have been killed in Iraq and Afghanistan, with men suffering the heavier number of casualties proportionately to enlistment.

A planned scaledown of troops is planned for July, but meanwhile, rising casualties are taking a toll on public confidence in the war, as well as American families back home.
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Post time 2011-4-1 15:45:51 |Display all floors

Aid to US veterans' caregivers slow

Fri Apr 1, 2011 7:28AM


Primary caregivers of veterans are usually spouses or parents.

Implementation of a law signed by US President Barack Obama last year to provide aid for caregivers of US war veteran has been slow or severely limited.


Caregivers to US war veterans thus do not receive the benefits promised to them by law, a Press TV correspondent reports.

The Department of Veterans Affairs missed a January 31 deadline to kick off the so-called Caregivers and Veterans Omnibus Health Services Act.

The program would have provided financial assistance, healthcare and counseling to qualified veterans.

The United Health Foundation and the National Alliance for Caregiving recently released a survey of those who care for the disabled veterans, according to which nearly all the caregivers are women.

Primary caregivers of veterans are usually spouses or parents, which is not the norm for ordinary caregivers in America.

“Some of the injured can be as young as 19 years old. And you could be doing this for quite a long period of time,” says Barbara Cohoon, from the National Military Family Association.

Two-thirds of the caregivers to war veterans find themselves in “high-burden” situations, which involve helping the veterans with such basic activities as dressing, bathing and feeding, and many have been in that role for a decade or more.

Experts say the burden of being a longtime veteran caregiver has serious negative effects. The majority of caregivers ignore their own basic health needs, while the children of caregivers offen experience emotional or academic problems.

After a decade of wars in which many US veterans have served multiple tours of duty in stressful combat zones, the United States is left with many thousands of veterans that suffer from serious physical or emotional disabilities.

More than half of the caregivers say that their disabled veteran has a severe mental illness; nearly 30 percent report that their veteran has a traumatic brain injury, and one in five cite paralysis or spinal cord injury as the cause of the disability.
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Post time 2011-4-1 15:47:32 |Display all floors

20% of US veterans unemployed in 2010

Wed Mar 16, 2011 1:48AM


Many US war veterans are having a hard time reintegrating into civilian life when they return home.
At least one in five young Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans was unemployed in 2010, the latest data released by the US Labor Department shows.


According to the data, the unemployment rate for Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans stood at 20.9 percent last year, The Washington Post reported.

The veterans' inability to find work has been partially attributed to possible mental health issues and/or lack of job skills.

In 2009, 21.1 percent of young Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans were unemployed.

By the end of 2010, the US government had paid out nearly $7.2 billion in tuition, housing, and stipends for more than 425,000 veterans or their eligible family members.

But the US government says the veterans face the worst job market upon returning to their homeland.

In addition, many of the veterans suffer from mental disorders and acute depression and are unable to establish a family.

According to another assessment recently prepared by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), on a single night in January 2009, 75,609 veterans were homeless, with 57 percent of them staying in an emergency shelter or transitional housing program.

The remaining 43 percent were either living on the street, in an abandoned building, or other uninhabitable places.

The Department of Veterans Affairs has estimated that there are 107,000 homeless veterans in the United States.

About 20 percent of the 1.6 million veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder.

Statistics compiled by the Department of Veterans Affairs in 2010 show a dramatic increase in suicide rates among veterans aged 18 to 29 years old, due in large part to multiple deployments and the overall stress of combat.
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'Thousands of US veterans homeless'

Tue Feb 22, 2011 7:17PM


The Department of Veterans Affairs has put the number of homeless veterans in the United States at about 107,000.

Nearly 76,000 US military veterans were homeless on a given night in 2009, and close to 136,000 veterans resided in shelters that same year, a study has shown.


According to an assessment recently released by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), on a single night in January 2009, 75,609 veterans were homeless with 57 percent of them staying in an emergency shelter or transitional housing program.

The remaining 43 percent were either living on the street, in an abandoned building, or other uninhabitable places.

The Department of Veterans Affairs has put the number of homeless veterans in the United States at about 107,000.

“This report offers a much clearer picture about what it means to be a veteran living on our streets or in our shelters,” HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan said in a statement.

“Understanding the nature and scope of veteran homelessness is critical to meeting President [Barack] Obama's goal of ending veterans' homelessness within five years.”

About 20 percent of the 1.6 million veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder.

Figures released in 2010 by the Department of Veterans Affairs show a dramatic increase in suicide rates among veterans aged 18 to 29 years old, due in large part to multiple deployments and the overall stress of combat.


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Comments:

Vera Gottlieb:
Soldiers good enough to fight useless wars for this nation and then, as thanks, ending up on the streets homeless. I have nothing but contempt for this country.


Ayelyah:
You would never see this reported in the west,what this report does not say is why, FACT that a large number of these vets are on the streets because they REFUSE their deployment on finding out that 9/11 was an inside job, they now know they are NOT fighting a war on terror. They have everything taken from them when they refuse to deploy back to Afghanistan, Iraq or wherever their war mongering government wants to move on with hidden agendas


James shermanin reply to Ayelyah:
One writer on this site tried to make the point that Americans should not be held accountable or the crimes of their politician.To say that the American people are innocent because they are ill-informed of their governement's crimes against humanity is lame. It is possible to ask questions, to read, to take the time and energy to know things. The information is out there.


ajax:
So all those claim about being land of opportunity, freedom, best counrty in the world is bogus. vast mejority of americans lives from pay check to pay check. If they stop working they risk of being homeless. Banking masters enjoy all the wealth on the backs of the poor. American government is just a servant of the banking elite. These are the same elites who impoverish people of the world by creating huge debt for the respective countries.


Ashraf:
Imagine all those billions that have gone toward war and destruction ,Have destroyed US image and made the world hate Americans, Imagine fraction of it spend taking care of homeless, Helping people with no insurance provide jobs in America. And spend another fraction of it supporting people of Iraq, Afghanistan by creating a bridge toward understanding each other instead of killing committing murder building Hospitals, schools , Just imagine!


Minute By Minute:
Sadly good news like this doesnt always make the news. May they all burn in hell for all of their crimes and genocide in Iraq and elsewhere in the world.


Mickin reply to Minute By Minute:
These men are in this state because they murdered people. The war(s)are not justifiable. I do not feel they are excusable because they were "lied" to. This is a cop out. Ignorance is no excuse for breaking the law in any kingdom. The consequences still apply. We reap what we sow and had these men been involved in an honorable situation instead of working for the "elitist' psychopaths, killing men, woman and children for 30 pieces of silver, they would not be cast down.


duvacaroin reply to Minute By Minute:
Please, dont take it out the the ordinary citycens of the USA because they not aware of what is realy hapening. They are manipulated by their goverment.My father was a veteran and was ''trashed'' by his army superiors and goverment He didn't know about the manipulation bihind.


Nazir UK:
These ex soldiers end up with mental health problems because of all the innocent people they have killed or maimed around the world. They turn to drink and drugs to ease their pain.


hahrokh Saadat-Nejad:
Many of the US and British military veterans, homeless or not have discovered that they were lied to by their own government. Suicide is the result for many.
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