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    http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/front/6023927.html
    Turning the other cheek is better than burying the other body.

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    From the article

    An argument

    Flores, who served in Afghanistan and Iraq, headed up the Tyler company's Nacogdoches recruiting station.

    On Aug. 2, he was called to Houston to attend "low-production training" at 10:30 a.m. with other station commanders having trouble making mission.
    The recruiters were told they'd go before a panel of their superiors to defend the work ethic at their stations.
    It was 6 p.m. before Flores went inside to take his turn.
    From the other side of the door, Sgt. 1st Class Willie Dawson, 40, could hear voices rising and muffled shouting. When Flores came out of the room, his face was beet red, Dawson said.
    Dawson, commander of Tyler Company's Jacksonville station, asked Flores what happened.
    "He just shook his head and said, 'I can't talk,' " Dawson said.
    Later, Flores called his friend and fellow recruiter Heinrich.
    "The way he told me it went down is the sergeant major kept pressuring him to say he's a failure and that he wanted to quit so it would make it easier for her to get rid of him from recruiting altogether or even out of the Army, basically chaptering him out of the Army," Heinrich said. "To be honest, that's something that's threatened on an almost daily basis out here."
    Flores had more than work stress to confront. His wife, Jennifer, later told police she'd planned to leave her husband. The couple's marriage was deteriorating under the strain of his long hours and other job-related problems, she said. He'd told her he felt like a failure at work and couldn't take it anymore.
    Flores was found dead in his garage in Palestine the morning of Aug. 9. He had hung himself with an extension cord.

    A meltdown

    Two weeks after Flores' death, police were called to the Hendersons' home in an East Texas town also called Henderson. The recruiter was acting delusional and threatening suicide.

    "He was basically having a meltdown," said Lt. Craig Sweeney of the Henderson Police Department. "He was seeing some Iraqis in the woods near his house."
    Henderson, an Iraq War veteran, was posted in Tyler Company's Longview station. His wife, Staff Sgt. Amanda Henderson, worked as a recruiter under Flores at the Nacogdoches station. The couple lived halfway between the two cities in Henderson.
    After his breakdown, Patrick Henderson was treated for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, police said. He was removed from recruiting duty and ordered to report to the Tyler Company headquarters until reassignment.
    On Sept. 19, Patrick Henderson and his wife apparently argued, police said. The next morning, his stepson found him dead in the shed behind his house. Like Flores, he had hung himself. The two recruiters died just six weeks apart.
    Their deaths come at a time when suicides among all active duty soldiers are on track to set a record for the second year in a row. Last year, 115 soldiers committed suicide. By the end of August this year, 93 soldiers had killed themselves.
    Turning the other cheek is better than burying the other body.

    Official Sport Lounge Sponsor of Rhode Island - Quincy Jones - Yadier Molina who knows no fear.
    God is stronger and the problem knows it.

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    • #3
      fucked up

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      Said the Quangle Wangle Quee

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      • #4
        Beyond all recognition.
        Turning the other cheek is better than burying the other body.

        Official Sport Lounge Sponsor of Rhode Island - Quincy Jones - Yadier Molina who knows no fear.
        God is stronger and the problem knows it.

        2017 BOTB bracket

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        • #5
          bet u mccain cares.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by hansolo View Post
            bet u mccain cares.
            You can tell by all his votes against veteran's matters.
            From this day forward, I no longer shall tinker with the machinery of death.

            For more than 20 years I have endeavored-indeed, I have struggled-along with a majority of this Court, to develop procedural & substantive rules that would lend more than the mere appearance of fairness to the death penalty endeavor.


            I feel morally and intellectually obligated simply to concede that the death penalty experiment has failed.

            The path the Court has chosen lessens us all. I dissent.

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