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    Posted March 19, 2014 by
    Fredericksburg, Virginia
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    Toy Soldier

    Wayne Brian Griffith loving son , father and brother wanted a good life for himself and his children . when looking forward to the future he thought joining the military be the perfect option it would offer structure , stability and a wonderful future one he would be proud of . Wayne joined the Army in 2007. Wayne did his basic training at Fort Jackson . He was so pleased with himself and of course our family could not have been more proud . From basic training Wayne then went to Korea . It was the first time in his life that he would have to spend that much time away from his family . Wayne was in Korea for two years . Despite the distance between Wayne and my family we were still very close and stayed in contact with one another . He was doing great he loved being in the army . Wayne was excelling very well and very fast . In 2010 Wayne was sent to Fort Benning Georgia . This is when it seems everything started to change. Wayne fell down a flight of steps there and injured his ankle he would need to have surgery and do physical therapy . Wayne had surgery requiring metal plates and screws to be inserted . He was in lots of pain and on an assortment of medications . However that did not stop the army from deploying him just 69 days after surgery . Wayne was on a medical profile and not even had on an army issued boot he was still just in a cam boot and had not even finished physical therapy . Never the less Wayne was some how deployed . While being deployed Wayne slipped on rough terrain and re injured his fragile not yet healed ankle when the hardware started to come out . Wayne was on the max dose of three major narcotic pain pills before he even reached the states . He was forced to wait almost 8 months for surgery to remove the hardware from his ankle during this time he was on quite the assortment of medications with no plan of care to tapper him off or discontinue use . Medications including Roxicet , Oxycodone , Oxycontin , Percocet , Tramadol , Hydrocodone , Lorazepam , and Seroquel . Wayne was also kept on the fentanyl patch for over a year . In September 2012 Wayne was able to come home for a brief visit . It was a very wonderful time for our family he looked better than ever he was very excited his med board had been approved and had an honorable discharge date of October 6 2012 . While he was home with us Wayne was making plans for his much awaited civilian life . Wayne returned to Fort Benning Georgia for what he was lead to believe to be his out processing procedure only to have the date of October 6 2012 to come and go and he was still there . In conversations with Wayne he did not know why he was still there our family encouraged him to contact JAG for answers . Wayne expressed to us he did not want to do that in fear of creating "more" waves for himself . Days went by and we could tell Wayne was getting more and more depressed not himself but him being him assured us he was fine. however on the date of October 14 2012 the E.M.S was called between 1700 and 1800 Wayne was not taken to the emergency room according to sworn statements from our "first" C.I.D report we would like to know why . However the E.M.S was called at 1225 am October 15 2012 which he was then taken to the emergency room . Where Waynes staff sergeant stayed the entire visit with him . While at the E.R where Wayne was being evaluated for Altered Mental Status he was in this order taken for a C.T scan of the brain where over 100 images were taken , urinalysis for drugs which showed only positive for a BENZODIAZEPINE , labs were drawn which showed elevated levels that were never addressed and it was not until then Wayne was given 2 full mgs of Narcan and the treating doctor stated Wayne showed a response to the Narcan but never the less released him to his unit his accompanied staff sergeant signed for his release after the doctor stated Wayne was not a threat to himself or others . The doctor did not have Wayne evaluated by mental health and told the staff sergeant to take him back home and let him "SLEEP IT OFF". Wayne was considered to be a high risk soldier however his unit failed him to there own admittance . Waynes status was never elevated and his staff sergeant in sworn testimony states returning him to his room and leaving him unattended . Wayne Brian Griffith was found deceased in his room after having missed morning formation on the 16 October 2012 . Since then my family and i have received drastically inconsistent documents . The C.I.D report that we received had someone elses name on it . The room stated where Wayne was found was in fact not his room at all . we acquired a copy of the medical exam report which list a broken left wrist in which the autopsy makes no mention . We received a final copy of a report from a Surgeon General of the army which states Wayne being rushed to the emergency room on October 16 2012 where life saving measures were unsuccessful which is totally incorrect Wayne only went to the hospital on October !6 2012 to go the morgue . The death scene photos are inconsistent with the autopsy photos as well as the death scene sketch . Wayne was found by two soldiers who just looked at him and assumed he was dead they never checked for vitals nor did they attempt c.p.r they looked at him called E.M.S and waited in the hall way until they arrived . In documentation from the E.M.S report Wayne had clearly been deceased for hours however they document getting a glucose reading of 117 . E.M.S also documents checking for cardiac activity using E.K.G leads to this date we have no proof that was ever done my family and I have sent several FIOA request for a copy of this documentation and to date have not received yet . The E.K.G leads if ever were on Waynes body were removed by the docotor who performed the autopsy before any photos were taken. Our family has issues with this because Waynes death was pronounced via telephone and in the death scene photos before placing Wayne in the body bag they place both hand on Waynes chest . Wayne was then taken to morgue and placed in the cooler however the med exam shows that "broken left wrist" that the autopsy makes no mention of being bent inward and raised . The army has not to date shown ANY proof that our loved one was in fact deceased when he was put in that body bag and hauled off to the morgue . The secondary trauma that we have had to endure is horrific. Our family was issued a C.A.O to help us threw the process of losing our loved one however that was very short lived before he was transferred out . The army did not reassign new C.A.O until just November leaving us several months to endure this on our own the only reason we were reassigned was because the "NEW" 15-6 being done has to be delivered by C.A.O. Every time someone new is assigned to the case my family relives the nightmare over and over again we will be scared for life it is hard enough to lose a loved one but to know that the army has "BLAME THE VICTIM" syndrome is so much more to bare . The belongings from Waynes memorial service was delivered to our family in a BRIGHT PINK PARTY BAG with a MULTICOLORED BOW a long with a COFFEE STAINED LETTER OF CONDOLENCES . Wayne died for you , me and our country and that is the respect that was given to him and our family . To date there is still not a chain of custody for the clothes Wayne was wearing at his time of death , his wallet , underwear , black back pack , and his army shoulder bag the army tells us without any proof of these items they can not prove that Wayne ever had them . In my opinion the army toyed with Wayne over and over again and now they are toying with our family . Our last FIOA request that were signed were lost and we are still waiting for answers in the midst of a congressional the fourth C.I.D investigation and our second 15-6 investigation . After all of this they have determined Waynes death "NOT" to be in the line of duty . We are now appealing .
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