Caution: Graphic autopsy photographs.“The Silent Truth” tells the story of nineteen year-old U.S. Army Private LaVena Johnson, who was found dead on a U.S. military base in Balad, Iraq in July, 2005. The United States Army ruled her death as a suicide resulting from a self-inflicted M-16 rifle shot wound.
Pfc. LaVena Johnson would have turned 28 years old on July 27th. But, she died in Iraq just days before her 20th birthday on July 19th, 2005. She had only been there for eight weeks.
Army investigators ruled that LaVena committed suicide by firing her M-16 automatic rifle into her mouth. Her body was found beside the rifle in a contractor's storage tent on a U.S. military base in Balad, Iraq, on July 19, 2005.
The Army’s account of what happened to LaVena was riddled with contradictions, from the alleged self-inflicted wound to where the body was found. Every piece of information uncovered was a painful and laborious act because of the Army’s refusal to cooperate.