I personally don't know if he is employed, but his employment status does not figure into the equation where the VA is concered.
A veteran may qualify for benefits (to include healthcare) if he/she has an honorable discharge or a general discharge under honorable conditions.
To be considered eligible for VA benefits, the veteran must have served more than 180 days on active duty.
I personally have no idea if he was "medically discharged due to his mental illness," but that is the case, it has no bearing on his eligibility for veterans benefits.
I feel the need to address speculation that while CC's stepfather may turn out to be a person of interest, it appears to me he is a veteran. As such, he has served his country and barring a discharge other than honorable or general under honorable conditions, I would personally thank him for his service to our country--even if I were to meet him while he is under judicial restraint.
My personal thanks to all the veterans who read this post and to those who served in Vietnam, welcome home!
I'd still like to know when the last time she was seen or talked to by someone outside the immediate family/household. Everybody is (at least publicly) going on the SF's Monday night "last seen" info, but exactly when was the last time someone other than Mom, SF, or even sister saw or heard from her prior to her disappearance? Like it or not, and apologies to them, but family members are still by far the most likely suspects if foul play is involved.
If she simply wandered off and got lost in the woods / mountains, then fixing the time of disappearance is critical as to the search radius and whether or not this is still a rescue or a recovery operation at this point. Same goes in different ways if it is an abduction - a verified time of disappearance by another party is pretty critical info for trying to figure out search parameters.
The VA Medical Centers (VAMC's) in northern New England are located at Togus, Maine; Manchester, New Hampshire; and White River Junction, Vermont. None of these are "in the area" (50 miles or less). The VA also maintains a number of outpatient clinics (VAOPC's) for those veterans who are not in a reasonable proximity to a VAMC. I do not know off the top of my head what the closest VAOPC to Stewartstown is, but if you'd like me to check, just let me know.
Anyone know if mom and SF took/passed polygraphs? I'm showing my ignorance here, but would paranoid schizophrenia preclude a test of that nature? Would the test even be valid? I ask this because the SF has been diagnosed with PS, and one of the components can be delusional thinking. IOW, if a person believes their delusions, then to them they are truth and may not register on the polygraph.
Has there been any indication from LE that the step-father is a person of interest in the disappearance of Celina?
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Now, even here you couldn't legitimately ADVERTISE a basement room with no escape as a bedroom, but 1) the ad will likely noever be checked, and 2) what someone does with a room in a house after you rent it is another thing entirely (same as anywhere else - beyond control).
I am very sensitive when it comes to mental illness. It is a condition brought on not by anyone's choice. I do know however though that schizophrenia may involved some short term memory loss. Some times this is brought on by the medication they must take to manage their condition. Short term memory loss is not uncommon as well as substance abuse and a miriad of problems. I know that CARD is better trained than I in this but hope they keep in mind that this could be possible with the stepfather. One may take a polygraph and it comes out fine because they truly have no memory of an event. I am just putting this out there as a reminder. Some with schizophrenia have perfect recall though.
I do also want to bring up recent scientific studies by Hammersly and Read which suggest that of those suffering from schizophrenia, many were found to be victims of physical and/or sexual abuse, and the schizophreia is brought on by trauma. Knowing the SF's family backgound, we may theorize that this is a possibility.
Getting tired of these cases.. sigh.
I'm listening to the press conference.
"Statement from the family" UGH!!! You couldn't keep me off the TV begging for help for my missing child!!! They send a friend? No, not cutting it.
Come home soon, Celina!!
It's just MOO. I could be wrong. Wouldn't be the first time and it surely won't be the last!
Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity. ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.
Wow, sent a friend to make a statement?!!!! Amazing! I've been following this one since the get-go and surprised with all of the teams brought in that we know so little! Surely they've scoured the computer already!
Offerring a prayer for dear Celina.
Signs and symptoms of paranoid schizophrenia may include:
Auditory hallucinations, such as hearing voices
Delusions, such as believing a co-worker wants to poison you
Self-important or condescending manner
Suicidal thoughts and behavior
With paranoid schizophrenia, you're less likely to be affected by mood problems or problems with thinking, concentration and attention.
My husband came from a background of abject poverty and extreme violence; he grew up in the largest city in New England. He quit school in the ninth grade to support his mother and four younger sisters; when he quit school, he was a straight A student. He enlisted in the U.S. Army at the age of 17 in 1965 on "the buddy system" with his best friend whom he never saw for four years after they signed up together. He enlisted to escape being killed by his stepfather--after repeated beatings by his stepfather landed him in the hospital.
Although he believed he was going to be trained as a truck mechanic, he wound up being trained as a medic; he graduated at the top of his class. His first assignment was in Germany, and because there was so much racial tension between American soldiers, he volunteered to go to Vietnam "so I could do some good instead of patching up soldiers who had been assaulted because of the color of their skin." He earned the combat medic's badge (CMB) in Vietnam. When he returned to the U.S. after a year in Vietnam, he was spat upon, kicked, heckled, and insulted in the airports in Seattle and Chicago enroute home.
Among what he experienced in Germany, Vietnam, and the United States, he developed a full blown case of post traumatic stress disorder, most of which was combat induced. I could make the case that when he entered the military, he certainly didn't have the best background to draw upon for inner strength and support.
I am pleased to be able to share that he receives THE BEST CARE imaginable from a VA Medical Center which is affiliated with an Ivy League medical school; I am also pleased to share that he is greeted by absolute strangers who address him as "Doc" and who tell him that he may have been the combat medic who saved their lives in Vietnam so many years ago.....
To all the veterans who read this post, I thank you for your service and
to those who served in Vietnam, "welcome home!"