Marine’s family wins lawsuit against the VA

The family of a former Marine who served two tours in Iraq has been awarded $218,500 to settle a lawsuit. Randen Harvey was 24 when he died of a fatal drug overdose in 2006. Harvey was discharged in November 2005 and had sought treatment for his mental health problems at the VA Medical Center in Ann Arbor.

According to The Detroit News, Harvey attempted suicide five months after he was discharged from the Marine Corps, and was diagnosed with post traumatic stress disorder. He was prescribed antidepressants and was hospitalized for the overdose. 

Less than two months later, he was found on the roof of the VA. However, the VA discharged him due to alcohol use and told him to wait for a substance-abuse program to start. Harvey was found dead just a few days later.

According to his mother, Harvey exhibited behavioral changes soon after returning from war including sleep disturbances, paranoid behavior, and trouble with the law as a result of drunk driving.

Read more about Lance Corporal Randen Harvey’s story.

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