Katie sends us an article about another story involving PTSD and Joint Base Lewis-McChord. A lieutenant colonel was apparently upset about the way his divorce was going and threatened to blow up the Washington State Capitol, hire someone to kill his wife and to kill a fellow officer. So naturally, the story gives the impression that the Army’s medical services have failed again. Well, until you read down the last few paragraphs;
Underwood recently underwent a psychological evaluation, according to court documents, and was cleared of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. However, when he was a child he witnessed his mother kill his two siblings before she shot him several times and left him for dead.
So, even though an Army evaluation cleared him for duty, there was this tragic thing in his past. I guess the Army evaluation only detects recent incidents which might affect his psyche, and not events that happened in his childhood. What part of “cleared of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder” don’t they understand?
Court documents also say a woman Underwood was involved with found a naked picture of his daughter on his laptop. The woman apparently also went to Underwood’s wife and told her he paid a hit man $150,000 to kill her and a fellow officer.
Well, then they have him dead to rights on using his military training because they teach all of those things in every one of the officer basic courses. It all must be a direct result of his time at JBLM.
Category: Military issues