In a speech on the Senate floor, U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., Wednesday "honored the heroism of U.S. Marine
Justin Eldridge of Waterford, Conn.," according to a release.
The the text of the release from Blunenthal's office, unedited her, is belowe the video:
one in this body – other than I – have the privilege to know Justin
Eldridge of Waterford, Conn. Justin was a true American hero,
a patriot, a United States Marine who served our country in Afghanistan
and who scarcely more than 48 hours ago took his own life at his home.
first came to know Justin when he formed a chapter of the Marine Corps
League in Southeastern, Conn. He believed deeply in the Marine
Corps, in service to his country, his family, and in the values and
traditions and ethos of all of our great United States Marines, and men
and women who wear the uniform. I will never forget my conversations
with him at that Marine Corps League and then afterward
by e-mail and phone.
after he returned home from Afghanistan, Justin had a long fight ahead
of him. He returned home with the signature wounds of [the
Afghanistan] war, both traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic
stress. And he worked for years to get the specialized treatment that he
“He tried hard to be there for his family. According to his wife Joanna, his four children loved having him around. Joanna … was there for Justin by his side throughout his treatment and she never gave up, never relented, never surrendered. She was his full-time caregiver and Justin himself continued to give back. Joanna is a strong advocate for all veterans, as we should be, all of us.
cannot express in words how deeply sorry I am that that treatment
evidently proved unsuccessful – perhaps not the result of the V.A.
or its doctors or its hospital, [but] because we are only beginning to
learn as a country and society how to confront post-traumatic stress and
traumatic brain injury with the specialized diagnosis and care that
these diseases demand.
want to take this occasion to encourage anyone who is suffering from
post-traumatic stress or traumatic brain injury or any of the
other wounds of war to reach out for help. The veterans crisis line is
there to help you, anyone who needs that help can call 1-800-273-TALK.
thoughts and prayers are with Justin's wife Joanna and their four
children, and all of Justin's family and friends, fellow Marines
who grieve his loss at this difficult time.”
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