This column in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram is extremely troubling. It presumes Chris Kyle, the former SEAL who was killed in Texas this weekend, was trying to treat this guy rather than just offer a fellow soldier the chance to get out. It also suggests you should think twice about lending a helping hand to a veteran because you never know what's in their past.
Here's an excerpt:
Kyle may have failed to understand the difficulties some returning vets might have with a "HOOHA" model of counseling, and training, especially those with traumatic brain injuries, PTSD and moral injury. For veterans who feel betrayed by the government, have serious trauma or experience a collapse of moral meaning after war, military life can be part of the difficulty in adjusting to the civilian world.
Kyle was not a trained clinician or minister. Yet, with the best of intentions and care for other veterans, he tried to help a troubled reservist he barely knew. Did he know of Routh's treatment for mental illness, his DUI or his murder-suicide attempt? If Kyle knew these things and still took Routh to a live-fire range or tried to give therapy to a virtual stranger, we must question the judgment of his decision....
Kyle never really got the chance to come home. His life was dedicated to still being part of the war.
In trying to treat Routh by echoing his war experience, Kyle may have provoked a desperate Routh to seek escape from such "help."
In other words, don't make any gestures of good will to a veteran because you have no idea what they could do to you and you could end up dead. Consult a professional? I don't know about you, but that's not the way I want people to go about treating each other.