Greensburg Daily News, Greensburg, IN

State News

May 16, 2014

After husband's tragic death, widow takes on PTSD

(Continued)

Dr. Thomas Simpatico, director of the division of public psychiatry at the University of Vermont, said the more families know about the disorder the better.

“If your father is all of a sudden flying off of the handle or breaking dishes, or whatever, and it happens to be after you said something, one might make the wrong conclusion that his behavior is the result of your activity,” he said.

Amy Miner said the last night of her husband’s life got off to an amazing start. They attended a wedding in Vermont with two of their four children, dancing and celebrating with good friends.

But afterward things went wrong. Kryn Miner became verbally abusive toward his wife on the ride home and began to hit himself. Prosecutors say he threatened to kill his family, assaulted his wife, and then threw a loaded handgun to their teen child who came to her aid.

“Do you want to play the gun game?” the sniper-qualified Miner asked the teen, according to authorities. The teen fired six shots when Miner pulled another gun from a bag. Prosecutors ruled the April 26 shooting justified and did not bring charges against the teen.

Miner joined the military in 1987, serving with the 82nd Airborne Division. He became a paratrooper, ranger and sniper, jumping into Panama and serving in the Gulf War, Iraq and Afghanistan.

Not long before his death, his typical day was filled with anxiety, anger and depression, his wife wrote at the time. He felt lost, empty, worthless, and was suspicious; he felt guilty for being home while some of his comrades died or were overseas and for the distress he caused his family.

He had tried therapy at a Veterans Affairs facility but often had to wait for hours to see different counselors, Amy Miner said. He had stayed overnight at a VA hospital but doctors told him it wasn’t the place for him; he had gotten into another treatment program unrelated to the VA and learned how to cope with some of the depression and anxiety, but the program didn’t deal with PTSD.

Text Only
State News
  • WHO: West Africa Ebola death toll rises to 1,350 MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) — The World Health Organization says the death toll from the Ebola outbreak in West Africa is now at least 1,350 people.The latest figures Wednesday show that the deaths are mounting fastest in Liberia, which now accounts for a

    August 21, 2014

  • nws-gb082114 ALS ice bucket jpg IU Health ALS Clinic Medical Director accepts "ALS Ice Bucket Challenge" INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – The donations are still pouring in, as people continue to issue the “ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.”IU Health Neuroscience Center and ALS Clinic Medical Director, Doctor Robert Pascuzzi was in the hot seat on Tuesday. The ALS researc

    August 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • Women and Social Security Women’s Equality Day is August 26, and this is the perfect time to remind you how much Social Security values and appreciates women. Even though men and women with identical earnings histories receive the same benefits, there are things women in part

    August 21, 2014

  • nws-gb082014 Ferguson local jpg Ferguson protesters take to the streets and web INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Rallies following the death of 18-year-old Michael Brown started in Ferguson, Mo., but with the help of social media have gone nationwide.Twitter reports six million tweets have been sent about Ferguson since the shooting Saturd

    August 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • Police, protesters collide again in Ferguson FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Police and protesters collided in the streets of Ferguson again late Monday, a day after the Missouri governor summoned the National Guard to help restore calm to the St. Louis suburb where Michael Brown was fatally shot by a pol

    August 20, 2014

  • nws-gb082014 INS river jpg Alternate plan offered for White River ANDERSON, Ind. - Opponents of the proposed Mounds Lake Reservoir in central Indiana say they have an alternative plan that would save the free-flowing White River and protect surrounding forests and wetlands.The reservoir project would dam the West F

    August 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • Excise officers arrest 71 in Muncie MUNCIE – Indiana State Excise Police officers arrested 71 people on 88 charges in Muncie this weekend.On Friday, 47 people were arrested on 49 charges, including illegal possession of alcohol, false statement of age and resisting law enforcement.Bren

    August 19, 2014

  • Expert: fungus may cause bat extinction MUNCIE – Ball State bat expert Timothy Carter believes that a fungus blamed for the deaths of millions of bats throughout the eastern states will likely wipe out several species of the often maligned mammal in as little as 20 years.A fungus associate

    August 19, 2014

  • nws-gb081614-Rush Justice pic Supreme Court's only woman justice sworn in Monday INDIANAPOLIS - On Monday, the new Indiana Supreme Court Chief Justice Loretta Rush will be sworn in, two weeks after her selection as the state’s first female chief justice. State Supreme Court Justice Loretta Rush made history when she was named Ind

    August 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • Indiana man sentenced to death again NEW ALBANY, Ind. (AP) — A southern Indiana man already sentenced to death for killing a family friend and mutilating her body was sentenced Friday to death in the slaying of a second woman whose body was found buried in his backyard.William Clyde Gib

    August 16, 2014