Feb. 8, 2013 - Last Saturday, ex-sniper Chris Kyle and fellow veteran Chad Littlefield were shot and killed at a Texas gun range. The accused shooter is a former Marine, who sources say suffered from PTSD after serving in Iraq.
The murder has reignited conversation on the mental trauma suffered by hundreds of thousands of U.S. service men and women in Iraq and Afghanistan. Last week, the Department Veterans Affairs reported (PDF) that an estimated 22 veterans committed suicide per day in 2010. Suicides hit a record-high of 349 in 2012, and more active-duty soldiers died by suicide than in combat last year.
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Kyle himself was suffering from his own demons and nightmares, like a merc. who joins the nightmares instead of seeking counseling and other help, and thought his form of therapy, grabbing a gun and blowing away targets or whatever, especially the assault weapons of today, and using them to give therapy to others.
Unlike many of us Vietnam Veterans who once we figured out what was going on, and the country ignored along with other war issues like paying for them and the results of, found the best was talking among those that equally understood, some went to the drugs from alcohol and others to rid the nightmares. Same should have been going on in the civilian community, sans the drugs, and the extreme trauma’s of.
You live by the gun the gun most times seals the way you’ll exit that life! Especially with the irresponsible who rush out to feed off the marketing and quickly buy more along with thousands more rounds of ammunition and ever larger magazines they’ll never never need nor use up and doesn’t have a forever shelf life, and watch out if the home burns!