US Soldier tragic act In Afghanistan was that of an irrational man. CNN interview with DOD psychotherapist breaks it down.

http://ht-mobile.cdn.turner.com/cnn/big/world/2012/03/12/nr-costello-van-daheln-afghan-killings.cnn_1949634.3gp

The above link helps us to understand the unusual nature of this tragic event and what may be in the mind of a person who has the potential to act out in this terrible way.  The big question to be answered, as the facts unfold, is what we can learn from how a person’s mind and soul are impacted by the traumatic events of war.  Extended combat duty has many risks, especially the invisible wounds that may not be detected soon enough.  But in close to 100% of the cases, combat veterans never act out in violent ways on each other or friendly civilians, especially children.  We have to remind ourselves of the much larger picture of soldiers who perform at their very best as professionals in a compassionate humane and rational manner.  This incident does serve as a reminder that we have been at war far too long in Afghanistan. Multiple deployments should be looked at very seriously as potentially too risky on a person’s emotional disposition and prospects for a healthy, happy, and productive post war civilian life.


Steve Sparks
Author
Reconciliation: A Son’s Story

Do not confuse Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, both can exist together.(PTSD).

http://www.ptsd.va.gov/public/pages/traumatic_brain_injury_and_ptsd.asp#.T1vPJhtxRw8.twitter

The following quote is from the above link.

“Traumatic brain injury (TBI) occurs from a sudden blow or jolt to the head. Brain injury often occurs during some type of trauma, such as an accident, blast, or a fall. Often when people refer to TBI, they are mistakenly talking about the symptoms that occur following a TBI. Actually, a TBI is the injury, not the symptoms.”

TBI is head injury and often visible at the time it occurs and afterwards.  An estimated 80% of TBI injuries are mild and can be caused by a concussion.   PTSD is an invisible wound that can occur following exposure to a traumatic event(s).  PTSD symptoms can follow TBI.  Both injuries, visible or not visible, require immediate and ongoing medical diagnosis and treatment.  Although this is not a good news story and the website information is not fun reading, a high level of awareness is critical and increases the prospects of a positive outcome.  Do not go with this alone!  Listen to your loved ones and medical professionals.


Steve Sparks
Author
Reconciliation: A Son’s Story