G-1, Human Resources Policy Directorate
Supporting Soldiers, Families & Civilians – Active, Guard, Reserve and Retired
3 September 2008
A 23 year old, active duty SPC is in a rehabilitation hospital after losing a leg to an IED in Iraq. He also sustained a mild concussion from the blast. His recovery has been complicated by an infection. Prior to losing his leg, he was a marathon runner who loved to run.
You are visiting this injured Soldier in the hospital.
You do not know:
He is feeling very hopeless about his future.
He told his girlfriend to stop visiting him.
He is feeling that he is a burden to his family.
He attempted suicide by a drug overdose two weeks ago
He has been stockpiling his pain medications.
He is undecided about killing himself.
During your conversation with this Soldier, he states, “I can’t live this way.”
Scenario #8 - Post-Deployment