Widow sues US over Iraq vet's suicide

October 7, 2008 10:40:55 AM PDT
A central Pennsylvania family is suing the U.S. government over the post-combat suicide of a 23-year-old Iraq war veteran. Tiera Woodward blames the Veterans Administration for failing to provide her husband Donald with adequate mental-health care despite two suicide attempts. He killed himself in March 2006, after seeking help for depression at the VA Medical Center in Lebanon.

The federal lawsuit, filed Monday, says that Woodward served in combat in Iraq from March to August of 2003.

A VA spokeswoman in Washington, D.C., did not immediately return a message Tuesday.

Tiera Woodward and her in-laws, Jeff and Lori Woodward, live in Lancaster County.

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