PAT LAMOUREUX - One episode in a person's life, does not define the person.

Saturday, June 20, 2009


In the early morning hours of September 19, 2008, in a matter of minutes, events occurred that changed lives. My Veteran crumbled, and fell into an abyss.

September the 18th was the beginning of the crumble. That day started on an off note. Pat awoke in an unusual mood. Unusual moods had become commonplace for Pat since he returned from Iraq. I accepted it - that’s the way life was going to be. I just had to learn to cope with it. That was part of living with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. I thought I had learned to cope with it. PTSD is a very complex disorder, but one which I thought I understood.

As the day of September 18 ticked away, a time bomb was also ticking – inside Pat.

What triggered the bomb, I will probably never know. But, as the situation spiraled out control, I knew I had to escape. And in the early morning hours of September 19, 2008 – the bomb exploded.

In a matter of minutes, two forces with a common goal – to serve and protect – came face to face: Pat Lamoureux, Iraq War Veteran, and the Deputies of the Nye County Sheriff’s Department. In the end, the two forces with a common goal had something else in common. The Veteran and a Deputy lay wounded.

Later on in the day of September 19, 2008, Pat’s son-in-law stated, “This is surreal.”

Thursday, June 18, 2009

......The Battle after the War

In upward spiraling numbers, Veterans are becoming entwined in the criminal justice system. Veterans who previously had never had a brush with law enforcement are facing lengthy prison sentences. Some are facing the rest of their lives behind bars.

Without understanding combat related Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, people will say they are criminals, they don’t deserve special treatment. They broke the law and have to pay the price. The American public may not understand the price they paid – but our government, the VA, and the DoD know the price they have paid – and that it is a very high price.

They have returned home from combat with the invisible wounds of war, and have scars that they will carry for the rest of their lives.

When a Veteran is arrested and detained, they immediately lose benefits before they are convicted of anything.1
1) All physical and mental healthcare treatment privileges from the VA are lost.
2) All medications previously prescribed by VA providers are discontinued.
3) The Veteran becomes the responsibility of the institution or other government agency by which they are detained.

(NOTE: Combat related conditions are “pre-existing” and that agency will not actually accept responsibility, but neither will the VA.)

To punish an individual, any individual, before they are convicted in a court of law is a violation of the Constitution of the United States of America. To punish a Veteran before they are convicted in a court of law essentially makes that Veteran a Prisoner of War.

“Bailing out” our Veterans should take precedence over “bailing out” mismanaged financial entities.

“The most important step in healing Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is seeking continuity of care”, Army Col. (Dr.) Augustin Gomez stated on November 6, 2008, speaking from Joint Base, Balad, Iraq. Col. Gomez, is a psychiatrist with the Army’s 1835th CSCT who specializes in treating PTSD.2 When a Veteran is arrested and detained, continuity of care is lost.

It is well documented that incarceration causes PTSD. A Veteran will not receive the proper treatment for PTSD during incarceration. Being incarcerated is a traumatic event, and a lengthy incarceration will seriously exacerbate PTSD symptoms and cause the person's level of functioning to deteriorate.3

The Veterans Healthcare Administration has launched Healthcare for Re-Entry Veterans (HCRV), a program designed to address the community re-entry needs of incarcerated veterans.4 Given that it is well documented that prison causes PTSD, the rate of recidivism will likely be high.

If a Veteran is convicted, the family suffers the loss of income supplied by the Veteran’s Disability Compensation. The VA requires the family file a hardship. In this economy, the loss of any income is a hardship. The family will again be caught up in further bureaucratic red tape from the Veterans Administration already experienced while trying to obtain the benefits their Veteran deserved.

Is this how we thank our Veterans? Is this how we thank their families?

Most of these Veterans are not of dubious character or background. Our Government must take immediate and aggressive actions to address the treatment Veterans are receiving in our judicial system. Our elected officials must pass legislation to give first time Veteran offenders “a second chance”.

Give them in-patient treatment instead of incarceration. Give them probation instead of prison. Isn’t intervention and rehabilitation a better answer than incarceration? A Veteran’s life could be saved.

Our Veterans deserve special treatment in the criminal justice system. “Support our Troops” must also encompass when they fall into trouble with the law. They served our country when they were called to war, and we must stand by them when they need our support in their times of trouble.

Our judicial system and the VA must work together to better serve our Veterans who are in trouble. All branches of law enforcement must be trained to effectively intervene in crisis situations involving a Veteran.

One episode in a Veteran’s life, does not define the Veteran.

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1 Department of Veterans Affairs, Incarcerated Veterans, Compensation and Pension Service, October 2008
2 Airmen, Soldiers work together to save lives at Joint Base Balad hospital by Staff Sgt. Don Branum, 332nd Air Expeditionary Wing Public Affairs,
3 PTSD and Criminal Behavior, Claudia Baker, MSW, MPH and Cessie Alfonso, LCSW, Department of Veteran Affairs, National Center for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.
4 Homeless Veterans, Department of Veterans Affairs, Incarcerated Veterans Re-Entry Services and Resources

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Tuesday, June 16, 2009

......First Post

Hello All,
I am Chris Lamoureux, brother to Joseph Patrick Lamoureux. Friends and his wife call him Pat. We in the immediate family prefer Patrick because our mother is Pat.

The purpose of this blog is to keep the world up to date on what is happening with Patrick.

If you have any questions that are not answered here, you may ask Sue by posting a comment to this blog or you can ask me directly at You can also e-mail me if you would like to help. I would be happy to send you a note with some possible suggestions.

All the best, and pray for a quick acquittal.
Chris Lamoureux

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"Grandpa Pat & Kain"

"Grandpa Pat & Kain"
"Kain-man" the jokester....

Pat Lamoureux - Iraq 2003

Pat Lamoureux - Iraq 2003
"Pat is an extraordinary, thoughtful, kind and generous man...not to mention a wonderful friend, in which one could always count upon to be there when in need." (words of a long time friend)

Pat's Family

Pat's Family
Mica & Heather, grandson Kain