Dealing with PTSD

Posted Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2013  comments  Print Reprints
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You’d think that after Chris Kyle was killed trying to help someone believed to be suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder that folks would leave diagnosis and treatment of the condition to trained mental health personnel. (See Friday news story, “Death of ‘American Sniper’ stunned nation.”)

I’ll be the first to commend the former sniper for trying to help Iraq veteran Eddie Routh, but he didn’t take the same precautions he would have as a Navy SEAL.

I certainly am sad for Kyle’s widow. No one should have to go through what she’s been through.

Since the murder, Routh has been labeled a “fobbit” (someone who saw little if any action) by some claiming to have been stationed with him on a forward operating base in Iraq.

I never went on patrol outside the wire in Vietnam, but I really hate when someone tries to tell me how someone with PTSD should act.

— Mac McKinzie, Arlington

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