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Widow says Ranger killed self to avoid 9th tour

• www.azcentral.com

SEATTLE -- Army Ranger Jared Hagemann had served eight combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, with another deployment to Afghanistan looming.

But the 25-year-old staff sergeant dreaded the prospect of another tour. He suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder and found the pressures of another a ninth deployment so overwhelming, his wife said, that he repeatedly threatened to take his own life.

On June 28, he was found dead, a gunshot wound to his head, in a training area at Joint Base Lewis-McChord south of Seattle, where he was based.

"He wanted out," Ashley Joppa-Hagemann said. "They should have let him out,".

 

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Comment by James Eldridge
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This is not the first time that someone out or in the military has committed sucide. It happens here in the states and also over seas in those coutries occupied by the U.S. government. He could have just refused and saved his own life over this matter. There are many others that refuse to go for more deployments from privates to the higher ranks. This won't be MSM news but something in only local newspapers, so this will not be corrected anytime soon for those that are facing the same feelings of PTSD. And of course, this won't effect any of those devils in DC that have not stood up to this wicked president or to all of those war corporations that are out to make money and screw the service men and women.


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