Final Mission

Somebody posted this video on the Patriot Guard Riders Site. It will make you cry. I’ve warned you ahead of time.



TSgt. Tony Capra

From the Patriot Guard Riders  website:

This is the final plan for the CONFIRMED Patriot Guard mission to honor TSgt Anthony L. Capra from Fredericksburg VA who gave all on April 9 near Golden Hills, Iraq, of wounds suffered when he encountered an improvised explosive device. He was assigned to Detachment 63, 688 Armament Systems Squadron, Indian Head City, Md. This mission is a go; all contacts have been made.

Services: The funeral is scheduled for Friday, 18 April at 1000 at

Grace Church of Fredericksburg
1141 Heatherstone Dr
Fredericksburg, VA 22407

Interment will follow at Arlington National Cemetery. The family is requesting PGR escort to the interment site, a distance of approximately 50 miles, law enforcement is providing escort.

Weather: The current weather forecast for Fredericksburg, VA on 18 April is “Sunny” with a high of 79 degrees; low of 51 degrees; and a 10 % chance of precipitation.

Funeral “Corridor of Flags” and escort to interment site

Stage time is 0845 on Friday 18 April at Grace Church of Fredericksburg, 1141 Heatherstone Dr.Fredericksburg, VA 22407.  Map

Departure: The departure from the funeral home is planned for 1230 with interment scheduled for 1500 at ANC. Bring your 3×5 flags! All flags will be needed for the funeral “Corridor of Flags”! Mounted flags are a plus for the escort to ANC (note: all large flags must be furled upon parking at ANC).
Please remember that our mission is to respect and honor this veteran and his family. Stand tall and proud as we salute this hero and his family for their great sacrifice!!!

Missing Man
This is the website of the church where the funeral is being held: Grace Church 

Injured soldiers could soon come to Houston for treatment

05:12 PM CDT on Thursday, April 17, 2008  

By Leigh Frillici / 11 News

Troops with facial wounds could be getting some help in Houston.

Local doctors at UT Houston and Rice University were just awarded a grant from the Department of Defense to develop regenerative treatments. It’s research that will eventually be used in Iraq and Afghanistan.

But before that happens the procedure is helping heal the wounded at home.

“They had to remove part of my jaw bone,” patient Cyndi Lyons said.

Every time a bomb goes off in Iraq the soldiers suffer catastrophic injuries, sometimes to their faces.

Cyndi Lyons is not a soldier with a war injury. She had a tumor in her jaw.

But her latest round of treatment is part of new research that may help soldiers.

“I have a hip through of stitches here and all here,” Lyons pointed out.

Surgeries taking bone from other parts of her body to replace her jaw kept failing.

“Finally on the fourth surgery, the bone graft worked when they added growth factor to it,” Lyons said.

“We would have saved her multiple procedures if we had been able to regenerate bone in the lab,” UT Houston DOD Grant recipient Dr. Mark Wong said.

Researchers are studying planting smaller versions of these honeycomb-like structures inside the body to help generate bone growth

“A material will also be implanted that will allow for bone regeneration at the site through the creation of bone flap elsewhere,” Rice bioengineering graduate student Jim Kretlow said.

The extra bone is grown in places like the rib cage.  In one lab rat, on the left side you can see a hole in the skull, on the right side the bone is starting to grow back.

They’re even working on using cells to grow bone outside the body.

“These non-embrionic stem cells can be found in bone in your hip fat skin,” Dr. Wong said.

Meanwhile Cyndi Lyons is thrilled.

“Anything that makes them work is well worth it to save them the pain of going through so many surgeries,” said Lyons.

And that could help change the lives of soldiers injured in Iraq. 


Interesting article from tonight’s CBS news………….

(CBS) A staggering percentage of U.S. servicemembers is suffering from major depression or post-traumatic stress: One in five. That’s according to a new study by the Rand Corp., which looked at the symptoms American troops said they showed after serving in Iraq or Afghanistan.

Only about half of them have sought treatment. The recently completed survey showed 18.5 percent – or 300,000 people – said they have symptoms of depression or PTSD, the researchers said. Nineteen percent – or 320,000 – suffered head injuries ranging from mild concussions to penetrating head wounds.

Read on to find out more about PTSD, veteran mental health and suicide warning signs.

What Is Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder?

According to the National Center for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, “PTSD is an anxiety disorder that can occur after you have been through a traumatic event. A traumatic event is something horrible and scary that you see or that happens to you. During this type of event, you think that your life or others’ lives are in danger. You may feel afraid or feel that you have no control over what is happening.”

Those who have experienced a life-threatening event can develop PTSD. These can include:

  • Combat or military exposure

  • Child sexual or physical abuse

  • Terrorist attacks

  • Sexual or physical assault

  • Serious accidents, such as a car wreck.

  • Natural disasters, such as a fire, tornado, hurricane, flood, or earthquake.

    For those who have PTSD, there are generally four types of symptoms:

  • Reliving the event

  • Avoiding situations that remind you of the event

  • Feeling numb

  • Feeling keyed up — on alert and on the lookout for danger

    From the NIMH
    Web site: “PTSD was first brought to public attention in relation to war veterans, but it can result from a variety of traumatic incidents, such as mugging, rape, torture, being kidnapped or held captive, child abuse, car accidents, train wrecks, plane crashes, bombings, or natural disasters such as floods or earthquakes.”

    The National Center for PTSD offers this information in a tipsheet, and notes:  after the event, you may feel scared, confused, and angry. If these feelings don’t go away or they get worse, you may have PTSD. These symptoms may disrupt your life, making it hard to continue with your daily activities.”

  • What Do People With PTSD Suffer From?

    Victims of PTSD may often re-live the experience that triggered their anxiety through flashbacks or nightmares. They may have difficulty sleeping, feel detached or saddened. Symptoms can significantly impair the person’s daily life.

    How Is PTSD Treated?

    PTSD is treated by a variety of forms of psychotherapy and medication. Some treatments appear promising, especially cognitive-behavioral therapy, group therapy, and exposure therapy, according to the National Center for PTSD. Alternative therapies, such as virtual reality, have also shown promise. Studies have also shown that medications help ease associated symptoms of depression and anxiety and help with sleep.

    How to Spot Suicide Warning Signs

    The Department of Veterans Affairsprovides the following warning signs.

  • Talking about wanting to hurt or kill oneself

  • Trying to get pills, guns, or other ways to harm oneself

  • Talking or writing about death, dying, or suicide

  • Hopelessness

  • Rage, uncontrolled anger, seeking revenge

  • Acting in a reckless or risky way

  • Feeling trapped, like there’s no way out

  • Saying or feeling there’s no reason for living

    For more on mental health services at the Dept of Veterans Affairs, click here or call the VA’s suicide hotline at 800.273.TALK (8255).

  • Suicide Signs Unique to Vets

    Experts on suicide prevention say for veterans there are some particular signs to watch for.

  • Calling old friends, particularly military friends, to say goodbye

  • Cleaning a weapon that they may have as a souvenir

  • Visits to graveyards

  • Obsessed with news coverage of the war, the military channel

  • Wearing their uniform or part of their uniform, boots, etc

  • Talking about how honorable it is to be a soldier

  • Sleeping more (sometimes the decision to commit suicide brings a sense of peace of mind, and they sleep more to withdraw)

  • Becoming overprotective of children

  • Standing guard of the house, perhaps while everyone is asleep staying up to “watch over” the house, obsessively locking doors, windows

  • If they are on medication, stopping medication and/or hording medication

  • Hording alcohol — not necessarily hard alcohol, could be wine

  • Spending spree, buying gifts for family members and friends “to remember by”

  • Defensive speech “you wouldn’t understand,” etc.

  • Stop making eye contact or speaking with others

    For a wallet-size card titled “What to do you if you think someone is having suicidal thoughts,” click here.

  • Where to Get Help

    Hotline for Veterans
    Veterans who need help immediate counseling should call the hotline run by Veterans Affairs professionals at 1-800-273-TALK and press 1 identifying themselves as military veterans. Staff members are specially trained to take calls from military veterans and its staffed 24 hours a day, everyday. While all operators are trained to help veterans, some are also former military.

    Clinical Care
    To find the closest Dept of Veterans Affairs facility to you that has mental health professionals, go to
    this Web siteand type in your zip code.

    Veterans Affairs Health Benefits

  • Read more aboutwhat benefits are available to veterans.

  • To find out more about what kind of services returning service members qualify for, check out this summaryat the Department of Veterans Affairs.

  • Related Links

    • TheNational Center for Post-Traumatic Stress, special center within Veterans Affairs, has more information.

    • Click
    herefor resources for U.S. service members returning from deployment.

    • Click
    herefor help for veterans with PTSD.

    Air Force Suicide Prevention Program

    Army Center for Health Promotion and Preventive Medicine

    Navy Environmental Health Center’s Suicide Prevention site

    Marine Corps Suicide Prevention Program

    National Center for PTSD

    Suicide Prevention Action Network USA
    Phone: 202.449.3600
    Fax: 202.449.3601

    Nonprofit group Give An Hour

    SAMHSA’s National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
    TTY: 800.799.4889




    4 thoughts on “Final Mission

    1. In nursing school I did my psych rotation on a PTSD unit at a VA hospital. I hope these men and women will seek out the help they need and deserve, and I hope America will show them mercy and love.

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