LaVena’s father, Dr. John Johnson was a military psychologist for his entire career, so the family was familiar with military issues. To this day Dr. Johnson is convinced that LaVena had been indoctrinated by recruiters visiting her high school, Hazelwood Central—a mandate introduced by the No Child Left Behind Act. ( This aspect of her story will be covered in the second part of this series.) The Army called it suicide… LaVena left for basic training and stationing in Iraq, and came home some eight weeks later in July of 2005, days before her 20th birthday—in a body bag. She was the first female soldier from Missouri to die in Iraq. The film begins with Dr. Johnson describing events the day they were notified of LaVena’s death. Beginning with that dreaded knock on the door, Dr. Johnson saw the Army Sergeant and another soldier (believed to be an official public relations officer), on his doorstep. He knew the reason for the visit; LaVena was dead.