G.I. Josie – Nonprofit for Female PTSD & MST

Corporal Pamela Dowling

Born 1987 | Final Rest - May 22, 2015

Corporal Dowling had three deployments to the Middle East during her five years as a Marine. After returning stateside from her first deployment, the VA diagnosed her with PTSD, yet she was deployed two more times to the same theater in which the PTSD began. After discharge, Pamela fought with her PTSD demons for nearly 10 years before succumbing to their call. Pamela’s mother, Kelli, is a staunch supporter of Josie, and has told us that had her Pamela had the opportunity to engage in what Josie offers, there is no question in her mind that Pamela would be alive today.

Air Force Captain Jamie Brunette

Born 1985 | Final Rest - February 9, 2015

Jaime spent eleven years in the Air Force, had been deployed to Afghanistan immediately prior to her separation from the military and had been seeking help from the VA for PTSD. Her friends say she had been traumatized by an apparently unreported sexual assault which happened while she was overseas.  While Captain Brunette left no suicide note and spoke to no one of her assault, her sister, Jackie Leverich, herself having served 18 years in the Coast Guard, said she was well aware of the signs of PTSD, and in her opinion, “Whatever happened to her, she buried it, and I think that is what killed her in the end”