Marine Corps Veteran Justin Eldridge Died by Suicide in Connecticut Home; Battled PTSD & TBI After Deployment to Afghanistan (October 29, 2013)

Justin Eldridge

Justin Eldridge, U.S. Marine Corps Veteran (Photo: Obituary)

Marine Corps veteran Justin Eldridge was found dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound in his Waterford, Connecticut home on October 29, 2013. Justin served in the Marine Corps for 8 1/2 years. After a deployment to Afghanistan he battled with both Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Traumatic Brain Injury. As a result he was medically retired from the Marine Corps in 2008. Justin was married with four children at the time of his death. Justin’s wife Joanna has continued the fight for our soldiers and veterans. Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) honored Justin Eldridge on the Senate Floor and co-sponsored a veteran suicide prevention bill in his name. Joanna attended the 2015 State of the Union and a bipartisan suicide prevention bill was signed into law in March 2015.

His final message, posted on his Facebook Page at about 9 p.m., “theres only so much bashing someone can take before they react………” –Waterford Patch (October 29, 2013)

Senator Richard Blumenthal Honors US Marine Justin Eldridge:

In a Senator Floor speech today, Connecticut Senator Richard Blumenthal honors the heroism of United States Marine Justin Eldridge of Waterford, tragic victim of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder who took his own life two days ago. (October 30, 2013)

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August: U.S. Department of Defense Casualties Report (2006)

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08/30/2006:  DoD Identifies Marine Casualty: Christopher Warndorf, 21, Iraq, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina

08/30/2006:  DoD Identifies Army Casualty: Matthew Schneider, 23, NCD, Iraq, Wiesbaden, Germany

08/29/2006:  DoD Identifies Army Casualties: Kenneth Cross, 21, and Daniel Dolan, 19, Iraq, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington

08/29/2006:  DoD Identifies Army Casualty: Joshua Jones, 24, Iraq, Fort Hood, Texas

08/29/2006:  DoD Identifies Army Casualty: Darry Benson, 46, NCD, Kuwait, North Carolina Army National Guard

08/29/2006:  DoD Identifies Army Casualty: David Almazan, 27, Iraq, Friedberg, Germany

08/29/2006:  DoD Identifies Marine Casualty: Donald Champlin, 28, Iraq, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina

08/29/2006:  DoD Identifies Army Casualty: Seth Hildreth, 26, Iraq, Fort Hood, Texas

08/29/2006:  DoD Identifies Army Casualty: Jeffrey Hansen, 31, NCD, Iraq, Nebraska Army National Guard

08/28/2006:  DoD Identifies Army Casualty: Edgardo Zayas, 29, Iraq, Fort Campbell, Kentucky

08/28/2006:  DoD Identifies Marine Casualty: David Weimortz, 28, Iraq, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina

08/26/2006:  DoD Identifies Marine Casualty: Jordan Pierson, 21, Iraq, Marine Forces Reserve, Connecticut

08/25/2006:  DoD Identifies Army Casualty: William Thorne, 26, Iraq, Fort Hood, Texas

08/25/2006:  DoD Identifies Army Casualty: Marquees Quick, 28, Iraq, Friedberg, Germany

08/25/2006:  DoD Identifies Marine Casualty: Gordon Solomon, 35, Iraq, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina

08/25/2006:  DoD Identifies Army Casualty: Jeremy King, 23, Iraq, Fort Hood, Texas

08/25/2006:  DoD Identifies Marine Casualty: Dwayne Williams, 28, Iraq, Okinawa, Japan

08/24/2006:  DoD Identifies Army Casualty: Thomas Barbieri, 24, Iraq, Fort Bragg, North Carolina

08/24/2006:  DoD Identifies Marine Casualty: James Hirlston, 21, Iraq, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina

08/24/2006:  DoD Identifies Army Casualty: Jeremiah Cole, 26, Afghanistan, Fort Drum, New York

08/24/2006:  DoD Identifies Navy Casualty: Paul Darga, 34, Iraq, Naval Expeditionary Combat Command

08/24/2006:  DoD Identifies Army Casualty: Ruben Villa Jr, 36, NCD, Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Kuwait

08/23/2006:  Missing World War II Airmen Identified: David Nelson, Henry Kortebein, and Blake Treece Jr, US Air Force

08/23/2006:  DoD Identifies Air Force Casualty: Brad Clemmons, 37, Iraq, Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska

08/22/2006:  DoD Identifies Army Casualties: Wakkuna Jackson, 21, Robert Drawl Jr, 21, and Christopher Sitton, 21, Afghanistan, Fort Drum, New York

08/22/2006:  DoD Identifies Army Casualty: Gabriel DeRoo, 25, Iraq, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington

08/22/2006:  DoD Identifies Marine Casualties: Adam Galvez, 21, and Randy Newman, 21, Iraq, Twentynine Palms, California

08/22/2006:  DoD Identifies Navy Casualty: Chadwick Kenyon, 20, Iraq, Twentynine Palms, California

08/22/2006:  DoD Identifies Army Casualty: Jeffrey Loa, 32, Iraq, Baumholder, Germany

08/21/2006:  DoD Identifies Army Casualty: Joseph Blake, 34, Afghanistan, Fort Drum, New York

08/21/2006:  DoD Identifies Army Casualty: James Arellano, 19, Iraq, Fort Hood, Texas

08/20/2006:  DoD Identifies Air Force Casualty: Adam Servais, 23, Afghanistan, Hurlburt Field, Florida

08/18/2006:  DoD Identifies Marine Casualty: Michael Glover, 28, Iraq, Marine Forces Reserve, Albany, New York

08/18/2006:  DoD Identifies Marine Casualty: John McKenna IV, Iraq, Marine Forces Reserve, Albany, New York

08/18/2006:  DoD Identifies Marine Casualty: John Phillips, 29, Iraq, Okinawa, Japan

08/15/2006:  DoD Identifies Army Casualties: Michael Lloyd, 24, and Kevin Zeigler, 31, Iraq, Fort Hood, Texas

08/15/2006:  DoD Identifies Army Casualty: Kenneth Jenkins, 25, Iraq, Fort Hood, Texas

08/14/2006:  DoD Identifies Army Casualties: Aaron Jagger, 43, Ignacio Ramirez, 22, and Shane Woods, 23, Iraq, Friedberg, Germany

08/14/2006:  DoD Identifies Army Casualties: Rogelio Garza, Jr, 26, Andrew Small, 19, and James White, 19, Afghanistan, Fort Drum, New York

08/11/2006:  DoD Identifies Marine Casualty: Jeremy Long, 18, Iraq, Twentynine Palms, California

08/11/2006:  DoD Announces Army Casualties: Steven Mennemeyer, 26, and Jeffery Brown, 25, NCD, Iraq, Fort Riley, Kansas

08/11/2006:  DoD Identifies Army Casualty: Tracy Melvin, 31, Iraq, Baumholder, Germany

08/10/2006:  Soldier Missing in Action From the Korean War is Identified: Edward F. Blazejewski, US Army

08/08/2006:  Missing WWII Marine is Identified: John H. Branic, US Marine Corps

08/08/2006:  DoD Identifies Army Casualties: Stephen Seale, 25, Carlton Clark, 22, and Jose Zamora, 24, Iraq, Fort Campbell, Kentucky

08/07/2006:  DoD Identifies Army Casualty: Brian Kubik, 20, Iraq, Fort Campbell, Kentucky

08/07/2006:  DoD Identifies Army Casualty: Leroy Segura Jr, 23, NCD, Iraq, Fort Benning, Georgia

08/06/2006:  DoD Identifies Army Casualties: Clint Storey, 30, and Bradley Beste, 22, Iraq, Friedberg, Germany

08/05/2006:  DoD Identifies Army Casualty: Daniel Suplee, 39, NCD, Iraq, Florida Army National Guard

08/04/2006:  DoD Identifies Navy Casualty: Marc Lee, 28, Iraq, Naval Special Warfare Command

08/04/2006:  DoD Identifies Marine Casualty: Kurt Dechen, 24, Iraq, Camp Pendleton, California

08/04/2006:  DoD Identifies Marine Casualty: George Ulloa Jr, 23, Iraq, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina

08/04/2006:  DoD Identifies Army Casualty: Joshua Ford, 20, Iraq, Nebraska Army National Guard

08/03/2006:  DoD Identifies Army Casualty: Hai Ming Hsia, 37, Iraq, Baumholder, Germany

08/03/2006:  DoD Identifies Marine Casualty: Joseph Tomci, 21, Iraq, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina

08/03/2006:  DoD Identifies Army Casualty: Dustin Laird, 23, Iraq, Tennessee Army National Guard

08/03/2006:  DoD Identifies Army Casualty: Ryan Jopek, 20, Iraq, Wisconsin Army National Guard

08/02/2006:  DoD Identifies Marine Casualty: Jason Hanson, 21, Iraq, Twentynine Palms, California

08/01/2006:  DoD Identifies Marine Casualty: Phillip Baucus, 28, Iraq, Twentynine Palms, California

08/01/2006:  DoD Identifies Marine Casualties: Anthony Butterfield, 19, and Christian Williams, 27, Iraq, Twentynine Palms, California

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September: U.S. Department of Defense Casualties Report (2003)

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09/30/2003:  DoD Identifies Army Casualty: Christopher Cutchall, 30, Iraq, Fort Riley, Kansas

09/30/2003:  DoD Identifies Army Casualty: Evan O’Neill, 19, Afghanistan, Fort Drum, New York

09/29/2003:  Vietnam War MIA’s Identified

09/28/2003:  DoD Identifies Army Casualty: Robert Lucero, 34, Iraq, Wyoming Army National Guard

09/27/2003:  DoD Identifies Army Casualty: Lisa Andrews, 24, NCD, Overland Park, Kansas (on-leave), Kansas Army Reserve

09/27/2003:  DoD Identifies Army Casualty: Kyle Thomas, 23, Iraq, Caserma Ederle, Italy

09/26/2003:  DoD Identifies Army Casualty: Robert Rooney, 43, NCD, Shuabai Port, Kuwait, Massachusetts Army National Guard

09/25/2003:  DoD Identifies Army Casualty: Michael Andrade, 28, NCD, Iraq, Rhode Island Army National Guard

09/24/2003:  Remains of U.S. Servicemen Recovered in North Korea

09/23/2003:  DoD Identifies Army Casualty: Brian Faunce, 28, NCD, Iraq, Fort Carson, Colorado

09/23/2003:  DoD Identifies Army Casualty: Lunsford Brown II, 27, Iraq, Patton Barracks, Germany

09/23/2003:  DoD Identifies Army Casualty: David Friedrich, 26, Iraq, Connecticut Army Reserve

09/23/2003:  DoD Identifies Army Casualty: Paul Sturino, 21, Iraq, Fort Campbell, Kentucky

09/22/2003:  DoD Identifies Army Casualties: Anthony Thompson, 26, Richard Arriaga, 20, and James Wright, 27, Iraq, Fort Hood, Texas

09/22/2003:  DoD Identifies Army Casualty: Frederick Miller Jr, 27, Iraq, Fort Carson, Colorado

09/17/2003:  DoD Identifies Army Casualty: Craig Ivory, 26, NCD, Kuwait, Vicenza, Italy

09/17/2003:  DoD Identifies Army Casualty: Alyssa Peterson, 27, NCD, Iraq, Fort Campbell, Kentucky

09/16/2003:  DoD Identifies Army Casualty: Kevin Kimmerly, 31, Iraq, Baumholder, Germany

09/15/2003:  DoD Identifies Army Casualties: Kevin Morehead, 33, and William Bennett, 35, Iraq, Fort Campbell, Kentucky

09/15/2003:  DoD Identifies Army Casualty: Trevor Blumberg, 22, Iraq, Fort Bragg, North Carolina

09/12/2003:  DoD Identifies Army Casualty: Henry Ybarra III, 32, NCD, Iraq, Illesheim, Germany

09/11/2003:  DoD Identifies Army Casualty: Joseph Robsky Jr, 31, NCD, Iraq, Fort Irwin, California

09/11/2003:  DoD Identifies Army Casualty: Ryan Carlock, 25, Iraq, Hunter Army Airfield, Georgia

09/10/2003:  DoD Identifies Army Casualty: Jarrett Thompson, 27, NCD, Iraq, Delaware Army Reserve

09/04/2003:  DOD Identifies Army Casualty: Cameron Sarno, 43, NCD, Kuwait, Nevada Army Reserve

09/03/2003:  DoD Identifies Army Casualty: Sean Cataudella, 28, NCD, Iraq, Fort Hood, Texas

09/03/2003:  DoD Identifies Army Casualty: Charles Caldwell, 38, Iraq, Rhode Island Army National Guard

09/03/2003:  DoD Identifies Army Casualty: Christopher Sisson, 20, NCD, Iraq, Fort Bragg, North Carolina

09/03/2003:  DoD Identifies Army Casualties: Chad Fuller, 24, and Adam Thomas, 21, Afghanistan, Fort Drum, New York

09/02/2003:  DoD Identifies Army Casualty: Mitchell Lane, 34, NCD, Afghanistan, Fort Bragg, North Carolina

09/02/2003:  DoD Identifies Army Casualty: Joseph Camara, 40, Iraq, Rhode Island Army National Guard