Two years ago, U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Janos Lutz, known as "Johnny",
committed suicide by overdosing on his prescription medication for PTSD.
With the help of Kelley/Uustal, Johnny's mother, Janine, served a
demand letter to the United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA),
claiming that her son's death was caused by the medical negligence.
"John was crying out for help [from] his medical team," his mother
said, "but they ignored his cries and provided a clearly despondent
man with…more powerful drugs."
On January 12 2015, the two-year anniversary of Johnny's death, Janine
attended the second-annual Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Awareness
Ride. Sponsored by the foundation Janine began to honor her son, the PTSD
Awareness Ride served as a reminder of the growing number of PTSD-linked
suicides in the United States.
According to Janine, Johnny's death was preventable, like all veterans
suicides. During his struggle with PTSD, Johnny reached out to his doctor's
and friends, but didn't find the help he needed.
"When my son reached out to his battle buddies they were in other
states," said Janine, "We have to have people here by their
side when they need them."
To help other veterans overcome PTSD, Janine envisions "Buddy Up"
programs across the United States. These programs would give veterans
suffering from PTSD the opportunity to get in touch with fellow veterans.
Son's Death Linked to Medical Negligence, Mother Claims
In her demand letter, Janine indicated that her son's suicide was directly
linked to the negligent care provided by his doctors. Instead of finding
a treatment solution that worked, doctors upped his antidepressant dosage.
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