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Tbird saves a LIFE.



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Thank you.   This means all your effort in the past 20 years is worth it.  Im not sure this is the first, nor do I know whether it will be the last.  But it is surely important to some. Here it is:



Hello everyone,

First of all, I wanted to thank everyone for the great advice and comments.  But most importantly, I wanted to mention a life saving chat session I had with "TBird"  on this website early this month.  I chatted with TBird at a time of "extreme crisis"  I was having.  She made me feel comfortable, calmed me down, chatted with me about my needs and then provided me with both the VA Crisis Line chat URL and phone number.  We chatted for quite a while, but she encouraged me to contact the Crisis people right away.

Minutes after my online chat with  TBird, I online chatted with the VA Crisis people for about ten or twenty minutes.  They asked for my phone number which provided and the chat person stayed online with me until I was I immediately called on my cell phone by a Crisis line operator. After a about five minutes of discussion, I was asked if wanted to be transported by a family member, an ambulance,  police car, VA shuttle or any other means to the Mather Hospital BH-ICU unit, located in Sacramento California.  I remember her name as Susan and she asked to speak with my wife after I woke her up, to confirm I had transportation.   She explained that it was imperative that I see someone as soon as possible and that she would call in fifteen minutes to ensure I was on my way.  She did in fact call as me and my wife were leaving the house.

I called Dr. Seeger at my local VA ti make sure she concurred with this treatment plan... which she immediately said yes....go right away.

After reaching Mather VA hospital, I was immediately admitted to the BH-ICU (Behavioral Health ICU - Lock Down unit) for extreme PTSD-MTS with a friendly police escort.  I received round the clock
EXPERT CARE for seven full days.  After six days I wrote and submitted a development plan for myself which asked for permission to return home which was approved after multiple interviews and meetings.  I just returned home about six hours ago, listed as high risk PTSD, however low risk S, I now which was not the certainly not the case when admitted.  

The VA BH-ICU doctors have submitted applications for me to go to long term specific PTSD-MST facilities in Virginia, Kentucky, Denver and several other out of state programs for long term care. With treatment duration's ranging from thirty days to six months, depending on progress.  The VA will also be flying me to and from the treatment center ultimately chosen which should happen in about two weeks.

I am so tired right now,m but I wanted to mention a few things that need to be said.

#1) TBird, thank you...you saved my life.

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life is strange i reached out to va doc when i was suicidal if i hadn't - i wouldn't have been here to talk with him and there would be no hadit.com

he did the toughest thing and that is to reach out for help and i am glad i could be there for him

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THANK YOU T bird !

I am just very glad the crisis line didn't put this veteran on hold or brush him off.

We all know there was quite a scandal about the crisis line a few months ago...and a FTCA has already been filed for negligence due to the recent suicide of at least one vet because of it. The vet's calls were sent to voice mail and no one called him back.

Serious suicidal ideation needs Immediate care and you were there for this vet. Thank You and Thank God for you too!

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Life is precious and glad you were able to communicate with the Vet T-Bird.  I have never felt so down that I wanted to ended it all but I have come really close b/c I have thought about it.  I can't imagine the pain some of the Veteran's feel due to all the trauma we have all experienced.  I want to help Veteran's out as much as possible and I am considering getting involved with a program at the local VA to do just that.

Thank you again for all that this site offers and does for Veteran's!!!

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Outstanding Ms T

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