Open letter to President Trump

Dear Mr. President;

My husband came back from his second tour in Iraq. Within a few short months I knew something was terribly wrong. His command used every excuse they could other than he was truly ill. After begging for a year he got a referral to neurology. After one test he was diagnosed with dementia. Later to be determined that it was Lewy Body Dementia. The doctor put him on profile, command rejected it. Not once but many times. He was repeatedly punished, his rank was stripped from him, sentenced time and again to 45 days of extra duty. This is 18 hour days, 7 days a week. (Stress makes dementia worse.) I finally got him medically retired in August 2014. February 4, 2015, not quite six months since his retirement I received a phone call that his treatment had sparked an Army wide internal investigation. They tried to talk to him but by now he was incapable of complete conversations. February 8, 2015 my husband, the man his command refused to believe was gravely sick, died. No apologies were given. I have all the documentation. I remember so clearly the day his rank was stripped for his “behavior.” I told the Lt Colonel that my husband’s death would be on his shoulders. It was that day my husband’s spirit died. He lost any will to live. 

Changes were made to policy because of the investigation. I do not know the entire outcome without doing a FOIA request. NBC news in Dallas read my blog and started looking into my allegations while he was still alive. Their help in airing the issues got the military to pay attention. I am thankful because they only saw me as a whiney spouse trying to get the most for her husband. That was so far from the truth. I knew any changes wouldn’t help my husband but I was not going to let his life be in vain.
Injured Heroes, Broken Promises from NBC 5 Investigates on Vimeo.


I’m asking for your help in restoring my husband’s rank to Sergeant. I have letters from many that he served with that will talk about his character. Some of these are from Officers and Commanders. He has hundreds and hundreds of people that loved him. He was selfless and served his country with 100% loyalty and that same selflessness. I believe with my entire being had he been treated fairly and with the respect he deserved he would have lived many more years. You see, he was only 46 when he died. 



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