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General Information

Name:  Stanley Victor Paskavich  

Pen Name: None

Genre: C:ADULT C:YA Fiction Poetry

Born: 1958 in Centralia



Illinois Connection

I was born at St. Mary's hospital December 19th 1958. I grew up in Glendridge IL. Went to Sandoval High school. After I graduate I spent a few years as a janitor there. In March of 1979 I joined the USAF, I was stationed at Macdil AFB Tampa FL. Then Blytheville Ark. Then Shemya Alaska. Then Hickam AFB Hawaii and finally K. I. Saywer AFB. I took a SSB buy out there and bought some logging equipment and ran a small logging operation for a short time. After that I moved to Broadlands Illinois and finally bought a home and currently reside here in Newman Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

Stanley Victor Paskavich was born at St. Mary's hospital in Centralia, Illinois December 19, 1958. After graduating at Sandoval High School, he worked there as a janitor a few years. On March 16, 1979 he joined the United States Air Force and served twelve and one half years, achieving the rank of Technical Sergeant. He maintained a nine performance level, which is the highest mark, for his entire career.

After volunteering to work at the Port Mortuary in Dover, Delaware during Desert Storm and Desert Shield as NCOIC (Non Commissioned Officer In Charge) of the body handlers, he returned back to his home base of K. I. Sawyer AFB in Gwinn, Michigan. His life and career went severely downhill. He began suffering from PTSD and bipolar disorder, along with suicidal ideation. The base was in transition of closing so he took an SSB buyout in September, 1991 and ended his career in the Air force. His condition ultimately caused a divorce. After many years of therapy and medical treatment he now maintains a somewhat balanced and healthy life. He says that his poetry is where he hides his demons. He has been writing poetry since he was seventeen years old. Stan says, "As far as my life and the lives of other veterans, don't be afraid to go to the V. A. and get the help you need. They have done wonders with my life and, without their help, I probably wouldn't be here today."

His book, "The Survivor's Guide to Self Execution" is available for free download from his website - The book is both an introduction and instruction, comment and possible cure. In spite of the efforts of mental health professionals, suicide remains a rising tide ending countless lives prematurely. With this book Stanley hopes to turn that tide by providing insight into the mindset of the suicidal with the virtue of personal experience and by changing the mindset of the masses with new, more accurate terminology: self execution.

When a person takes their own life, it begins a chain reaction across the lives of both their loved ones and the strangers whose duty it is to care for their mortal remains. It sets up a state of emotional trauma in the minds of those left behind that might lead to further acts of self execution, links in a terrible chain. It is time to end this affliction on humanity. It is time to S.O.L.O.: Save Our Loved Ones.

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