The news of a shooting spree by one of our servicemen is shocking and saddening. I have marched in several marches against the war in Iraq and will continue to do so. This war is not winnable and is causing untold angst, anguish and harm to come to both sides.
This soldier, according to preliminary reports, might have received some treatment at a "stress clinic" in order to deal with the horrors of this particular war. The army continues to deny stress, PTSD and other mental disorders due to this war. Enough already.
Call or write to your congressmen and tell them to support efforts to classify PTSD appropriately so that veterans can get the help they need on the battlefront and when they return home.
My prayers go out to the families of those slain needlessly today.
Here is the link to the story as updated just a few minutes ago on CNN: http://www.cnn.com/2009/WORLD/meast/05/11/iraq.violence/index.html