Thursday, March 15, 2012
As most of you know, Sunday in Afghanistan, there was a horrible shooting. Sharon Begley and Susan Cornwell (Reuters) report today, "A congressman asked the Pentagon on Tuesday to explain why the soldier accused in the massacre of 16 Afghan villagers was sent back into combat after earlier suffering a traumatic brain injury in Iraq, as lawmakers questioned how seriously the military deals with the mental health of troops."
Along with PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder), TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury) is thought to be a signature wound of the current Iraq and Afghanistan Wars.
"It's horrible," Lisa Fernandez (Mercury News) quotes Gilroy Police Sergeant Chad Gallacinao stating of Iraq War Veteran Abdel Gutierrez apparently shooting dead his 11-year-old sister and then himself. At present there is concern that he also may have shot his mother Martha Guiterrez. Bay City News quotes the police sergeant stating of the mother, "We're desperately trying to find her."
Every few weeks, a veteran tends to write a piece dismissing PTSD or TBI and insisting there is too much focus on them.
What there is is too much violence. Ignoring these tragedies helps no one.
This is C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot" for today: