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I was an infantryman in Baghdad during OIF III. I was fired at multiple times, responded to multiple IED strikes and deaths, had a wife that committed multiple acts of adultery in my absence, and did not kill anyone when I returned to the states. Oh, and I have a diagnosed case of PTSD.
I was beside myself with anger and rage at times, but did not react within any form of aggression towards another person. The thoughts were there, but nothing more than that.
After listening to the interview with Jesse Bratcher, he made not statements that lead me to believe that he is anything but someone who got caught in an act of premeditated murder. I understand that he could not comment on many aspects of the case, but past that, he wasted his opportunity to help his cause in the least.
It sounds as if the PTSD defense was the only card he was holding and the courts did not call his bluff. It is ridiculous.
Of course, all people react differently to combat stress. Some are stronger than others and some channel it appropriatley.
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