Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Driveway Moment

It has been a long time since NPR had a story that made me not want to get out of the car, today, was my moment.  NPR has been doing a series about Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Traumatic Brain Injuries related to American troops serving in Iraq and Afghanistan.  I remembered this story, it was heart breaking to know that we are placing our soldiers in danger and then not diagnosing nor treating their injuries correctly upon their return.  Now, to have an update on one of the soldiers, who was suffering so baldly he wanted to die.  I spent twenty minutes sitting in my car, listening, it was the best twenty minutes I had today. 

"A few months ago, NPR and ProPublica published an investigation about five soldiers who suffered traumatic brain injuries from the same explosion in Iraq. The report also explored the cognitive and emotional problems they've been having ever since. Twelve days later, one of the soldiers piled an armload of guns and semi-automatic weapons into his pickup and led police on a high-speed chase across North Dakota".

You can access the story here 'Suicide by Cop' Leads Solider on Chase of His LifePlease everyone, take the time to listen to the story and to support our troops. 

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