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"If I was just a guy off the street, I might have hesitated to shoot," Marquez told The Gazette in the Bent County Correctional Facility, where he is serving a 30-year prison term. "But after Iraq, it was just natural."
The Army trains soldiers to be that way, said Kenneth Eastridge, an infantry specialist serving 10 years for accessory to murder.
"The Army pounds it into your head until it is instinct: Kill everybody, kill everybody," he said. "And you do. Then they just think you can just come home and turn it off."
Some Iraq war veterans who have landed in jail have already been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder. Others may have mental health issues that predated their deployment. Despite stepped-up outreach efforts, clinicians acknowledge that thousands of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans struggle in isolation and are reluctant to seek treatment, often "self-medicating" with alcohol and drugs. Advocates for veterans say the criminal cases are evidence that returning soldiers are not receiving the mental health care they need. "This new generation of veterans has experienced combat very recently, and it's very raw," said Dick Talbott, who oversees 31 community-based vet centers in California, Oregon, Hawaii and Guam. "They are going to need more intensive and frequent counseling from us, a greater level of care and more staff."
Yeah a lot of them won't because they will be suffering from trauma and brain damage.
I've said it many times and I'll say it again, NO ONE has the right to kill another human being. If you kill another person, you DESERVE EVERYTHING that happens to you.
Ignorance is the plague of the Western world, but is the source of death in Afghanistan.
If you sign up for the military, then you might as well sign up for brain damage and trauma on a silver platter, and hey guess what? You DESERVE IT!