So TSO sent me this article from CNN about Iraq war veteran Robert Rissman, 22 who is on the streets of LA after being discharged from the Army. he tells Dr. Sanjay Gupta, a turd in his own right how Rissman was in a “Quick Reation Force” who saw action “night after night” and suffered from PTSD and was discharged because of his suicidal thoughts. CNN shows his DD214 in the video below;
They also show a picture of him and his unit standing on the ramps of some FISTVs (fire support vehicles) so i started wondering about his ‘acton” Night after night”. I blew up a screenshot of his DD214 n the video;
He was a 13D, artilleryman on a FIST Vehicle. Not much action there. Before you Red Legs get bent out of shape, stick with the story for a minute more. The DD214 says he was in Iraq december 2008 until August 2009…so how much action was tyhere to see? It was after the surge. And if he saw “action” “night after night”, wouldn’t he have a CAB? there’s none on the DD214, in fact there are no awards for anyone who would have the record he’s claiming to have, beyond the “everyone” awards….there’s nothing wrong with that, mind you, but it doesn’t match his blather to CNN.
Well, what cinched it was this comment on another article about Rissman from someone claiming to have served with him;
BIGGY MIKE says:
October 23, 2011 at 8:18 AM
Are you serious? Look, this is a very serious issue about homeless veterans, but you have honestly chosen the wrong veteran to come talk about this stuff. I was overseas with this young kid. He was far from always seeing action, they were rarely deployed out, and nor was this kid in any sort of “action” ever. Those of us that are still in the unit saw this and was highly outraged at the fact that the media didnt do any sort of background check on this person. This person was discharged from the army for a myriad of reasons, nothing to do with PTSD or anything of that nature. We have done more and seen more on our currently deployment that we did lasty deployment. 1 person from our BRIGADE earned a CAB (Combat Action Badge) from last deployment. That is 1 in about 2500 soldiers. Serious issue, wrong person to feature.
One guy from the whole Brigade earned a CAB…one guy saw “action” – that’s why they call it a “Combat ACTION Badge”. So what did Rissman see that gave him PTSD? Did he see the civilian contractor spill the sprinkles for his sundae on the floor at Baskin Robbins? Did his pickle on his Whopper have a dust bunny on it?
CNN giving these numbnuts a platform without looking into their background does nothing for the homeless veterans or the REAL PTSD victims.