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SPC Nestling was dumped alone into a decommissioning facility with total strangers, where odd behavior like sleeping all day, locking oneself inside a shared day-room, binge drinking and abusing prescription drugs were ignored, or worse, accepted as normal behavior. A place where she did not make friends or socialize and where fellow soldiers forgot the first rule drummed into them during basic training i.e., you look after each other - that's what keeps you alive in combat.

Was Nestling's death just another avoidable co*k-up or is there something more sinister going on here? Either way, plenty of people in the military appeared to be aware that she had serious psychological problems and its leadership clearly failed in its basic duty of care by allowing a vulnerable confused young female soldier to slip through the cracks.


August 2009: Lariam (mefloquine), manufactured by Roche Pharmaceuticals, is no longer being sold under that trade name in the United States. Generic mefloquine, however, is widely available here and in other countries. Just prior to this decision the US Army also dropped Lariam as its drug of choice for anti-malarial protection for troops. The Army Surgeon General now recognizes the dangers of prescribing Lariam to patients with symptoms of brain injury, depression, or anxiety disorder, which describes many troops who have been deployed in Iraq or Afghanistan.'

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Ted Newcomen is a citizen-journalist - someone who is tired of the lazy 'lamestream' media circus which is obsessed with the cult of celebrity and just recycles press releases for the establishment.

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