Leo Shane at Stars & Stripes writes an excellent article for a change that says some of the things that we’ve been saying here for years in regards to the “crazy vet” and PTS linkage;
Up to one in five veterans returning from the recent wars could suffer from depression or some sort of post-traumatic stress, according to a 2008 Rand Corp. study. Despite the perception that mentally ill warriors pose a public health threat — veterans derisively call it “the Rambo effect” — research has shown only a tenuous link between PTSD and veterans committing violent, impulsive acts against others.
Federal researchers have identified 30 mass shootings in America since 1999. Of those, only four have involved veterans or military personnel. Of those, none of the shooters had been deployed to Iraq or Afghanistan.
Shane points out how the media seems to wave off any other excuse in the murder of Chris Kyle and Chad Littlefield last weekend other than the fact that Routh and his sister claimed he suffered from PTS.
It’s unclear whether he has been diagnosed with the disorder. In a 911 call obtained by local media, Routh’s sister said he suffered from the illness and had received care recently in a mental hospital.
But most of the headlines in the days following the crime assumed that Routh had the condition.
Because that’s the easiest way for the media to understand – they all saw “First Blood” and they know how it works.
Elspeth Ritchie comes back from the darkside in the article;
The reasons behind the Kyle case might never be known. Routh is believed to be the only living witness of Kyle’s death. Police officials have had him on suicide watch since he was taken into custody.
In her analysis, Ritchie said it was too early to speculate on his motive. The crime could be connected to PTSD, or another mental illness, or drug abuse, or a number of other causes.
“Then again, the alleged killer simply could be evil,” she wrote.
Category: Veterans Issues