MARCH 13, 2012 12:05AM

Brain-Damaged Soldier, Fourth Tour, Kills 16

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From Sky News…

The US soldier accused of killing 16 villagers in Afghanistan had suffered a traumatic brain injury on an earlier tour in Iraq, according to a US official. The army staff sergeant was seriously injured when he was in a vehicle that rolled during a tour of duty in 2010, the official revealed.

The sergeant had previously served on three tours of Iraq.

Three tours in Iraq already? NO PROBLEM!

Traumatic brain damage? NO PROBLEM!

Ship him out!

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The Iraqi Veterans Against the War have been fighting the scandalous redeployment of Afghanistan and Iraq war veterans with TBI (traumatic brain injury), PTSD and depression for at least five years. The response from the Bush and Obama administration has been total indifference. Thanks for posting this.
Dr. Bramhall, I also posted a diary about the "signature wound" of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, almost two years ago in May 2010...

"Unemployed and living on a medical retirement income, Cain says he is uncertain about his future. I really wish that they'd go away," he says of symptoms such as short-term memory loss and his tendency to startle easily. "I didn't want them to tell me I had a brain problem, because I was a pretty smart person before. I had straight A's. ... It really frustrates me."

"Pentagon officials estimated for the first time Wednesday that up to 360,000 Iraq and Afghanistan veterans may have suffered brain injuries. Among them are 45,000 to 90,000 veterans whose symptoms persist and warrant specialized care."
Hillary, Cheney, what's the difference? It's all the same vicious winning game to them all because none of them lose. When the hell is someone going to say enough?
Unfortunately, PTSD doesn't just go away. And startling easy really does suck. I've had problems with the response to this action. It is so obvious that this guy just got tired of Americans being killed in Afghanistan over petty stuff and no one doing anything about it. His response was based on being deployed too many times and being damaged himself.
OK i read it here first.

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I just heard on the news that capital punishment is being considered for this guy. That's so wrong.
For a second there I thought it was Hilarity who went on a rampage...
No it was some shlub deployed from the Seattle area, the same base that's seen a rash of PTSD and other service-related problems. This is war, ten years on. Get the HELL out now.