The New York Times found 121 cases in which veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan committed a killing in this country, or were charged with one, after their return from war.
Of those murder cases the breakdown is as follows:
Three-quarters of these veterans were still in the military at the time of the killing. More than half the killings involved guns, and the rest were stabbings, beatings, strangulations and bathtub drownings. Twenty-five offenders faced murder, manslaughter or homicide charges for fatal car crashes resulting from drunken, reckless or suicidal driving.
About a third of the victims were spouses, girlfriends, children or other relatives, among them 2-year-old Krisiauna Calaira Lewis, whose 20-year-old father slammed her against a wall when he was recuperating in Texas from a bombing near Falluja that blew off his foot and shook up his brain.
A quarter of the victims were fellow service members, including Specialist Richard Davis of the Army, who was stabbed repeatedly and then set ablaze, his body hidden in the woods by fellow soldiers a day after they all returned from Iraq. And the rest were acquaintances or strangers...
The article discusses how our soldiers who have been deployed for far longer than former troops receive little to no mental health help whatsoever upon return. All of this happening too while Walter Reed Veterans hospital was turning a blind eye to the suffering of its patients. Are we really "supporting our troops", or is it just a bumper sticker slogan? It's pretty clear to me that many of these guys are suffering. I have 2 friends that have returned from Iraq changed people. Why do you think soldiers are coming home and killing like this?