ANOTHER VA SUICIDE: Marine Corps Veteran Shoots Self at Florida VA Hospital

Suicide at Florida VA Hospital Reveals Pain Among Veterans

by Howard Altman
The Tampa Tribune, Aug. 26, 2015

TAMPA, Fla. — Ever since leaving the battlefields of Vietnam in 1968, Marine Corps veteran Gerhard Reitmann struggled with the horrific memories of the things he did and saw.

“It was a rough one,” said his brother, Stephan Reitmann. “Emotionally, it did a number on his mind.”

Gerhard Reitmann had trouble holding a job. He often kept to himself and, until recently, cut himself off even from his family.

On Tuesday, Reitmann’s struggle ended.

The man who once served as a guard at Camp David during the term of President Richard Nixon apparently took his own life while parked in his car on the southeast side of the sprawling campus of the Bay Pines VA Medical Center near Tampa, Fla., shortly after noon, according to officials from Bay Pines and the Pinellas-Pasco Medical Examiner’s Office.

It was near Building 37, which houses the hospital system’s human resources, environmental management and inspector general’s offices.

Bay Pines police are investigating,

Reitmann, of St. Petersburg, Fla., was 66.

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Officials Report Another Two Active Duty Marines Dead From Suicide in Month of September; Reserve Statistics Unknown

MILITARY: Two Marine Suicides Reported in September

by Mark Walker
North County Times, Oct. 3, 2012

Two active-duty Marines took their own lives in September, the lowest monthly figure for the year since March.

The Marine Corps’ suicide prevention program office said in its monthly statistical report that another 11 of its troops attempted suicide, the fewest of any month in 2012.

So far this year, 41 Marines have committed suicide, surpassing the 32 recorded last year and 37 in 2010.

The Marine Corps recorded 52 suicides in 2009, the highest annual figure it has experienced.

Two female Marines are among this year’s suicides, according to the service’s demographic profile that accompanies its monthly report.

Nineteen of the suicides this year have been among married Marines.
Thirty-two of the 41 self-inflicted deaths were troops between the ages of 17 and 25.

Military officials say post-traumatic stress, substance abuse and family and relationship problems are the primary factors behind troop suicides.

Among its several initiatives to reduce self-inflicted deaths in its ranks, the Marine Corps is conducting a “forensic” study of recent suicides to see what those troops were doing in the days leading up to their deaths.

Officials say that information can help them identify troops at risk and get them help.

The Marine Corps operates a prevention hotline and website that can be reached at 877-476-7734 or

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Veteran Marine From Camp Lejeune Seriously Wounds Wife, Kills Self at Parents’ NC Home

Marine Kills Self, Injures Wife in Bermuda Run Shooting

by Wesley Young
Winston-Salem Journal, Sept. 23, 2012

BERMUDA RUN — Davie County investigators are trying to figure out why a Marine based at Camp Lejeune shot his wife in front of his father’s house in Bermuda Run and then killed himself Sunday morning.

Sarah Browder Harris, 29, was in intensive care at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center on Sunday night. Although she was in critical condition, she is expected to live, said Davie County Sheriff Andy Stokes.

Kirk Walter Harris, 26, of Jacksonville was found dead in the driveway of 675 Riverbend Drive. Harris’ father, Dean Harris, and his wife live at the house, which is in the gated community of Bermuda Run Country Club. They were not home at the time.

Stokes said Kirk and Sarah Harris had returned to Bermuda Run about 1:30 a.m. after an evening out. A woman who was with the couple when they came home witnessed a dispute, authorities said. She left before the shooting, which happened about 5:30 a.m.

Stokes said investigators are still trying to piece together what happened, but the evidence shows Sarah Harris was standing in a yard across the street when her husband, standing in the street, fired a 40-caliber automatic handgun at her.

Sarah Harris was struck twice, in the lower part of her face and the upper part of her chest, Stokes said.

Stokes said Kirk Harris apparently walked about 15 feet into the driveway of his father’s house and shot himself in the head.

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