Ian Fischbach’s death sheds light on veteran’s mental illness crisis
In July 2019, Major Fischbach informed Mr. Garlasco in an email that the CIA was behind him, he recalled. “I was like, man, call me.” Major Fishback was in Europe with a new position. “He said, ‘If you don’t get the CIA off my back, I’m going to give confidential information to foreign governments. It was there that I lost the thread. ,
Job openings in Europe followed later that year.
Major Fischbach returned to Michigan, but was barred from court-mandated treatment due to several fights there, which he violated. He was arrested in September after an argument at a football game with an ROTC officer. Then came a series of stays in low-cost group homes while friends tried to get her to a Veterans Affairs hospital in Battle Creek.
“It was terrifying to hear him there,” said Ms. Ford. “He was screaming. He said, ‘Can you help me? I can’t trust my family.’ ,
His friends started a GoFundMe campaign to pay for a high-end treatment center in Massachusetts. He began speaking slowly in phone conversations, said Ms. Ford, who attributed this to the high level of psychotropic drugs.
In an email, a patient coordinator for Veterans Affairs, who saw him on Thursday, described his appearance as “alarming”, noting that the formerly fit army chief could barely walk and that his “arms were placed in a 90-degree position.” He was locked in and he never changed “their facial expressions throughout our speech.”
“She had breakfast on Friday morning,” said Ms. Ford, “and later they found her dead.”
The Battle Creek facility called his sister that day. Ms Jorgensen said she replied: “Too late. He left.”
“We are saddened by the loss of Army veteran Ian Fischbach and express our deepest condolences to his family,” said Terrence Hayes, a spokesman for the department. “The VA has been in contact with the Fishback family during this time to offer support and any appropriate services. The VA is dedicated to ensuring that all Veterans receive the care they need in a timely manner.
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