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PTSD, Navy SEAL Kyle and Marine Eddie Routh: Both Victims of the Military

While the assassination of Navy SEAL Chris Kyle is a real tragedy, the egregiously bad medical care given to Marine Eddie Routh is even worse.

Decorated Marine turned Murder suspect Eddie Routh
Decorated Marine turned Murder suspect Eddie Routh

(PORTLAND, OR) - It is very difficult to find anything about Marine Eddie Routh except that he killed Navy SEAL super-sniper Kyle who had the record for Navy SEAL snipers.

Chris Kyle and Eddie Routh

Actually, Audie Murphy in WWII, had about 150 or more, but he was in front line combat, whereas Kyle was back of the front lines.

I am not denigrating Chris Kyle. His success were clearly triumphant, and most likely saved many Marine and Army lives and woundings.

What I am really concerned about is the medical fact that Eddie Routh was clearly a very serious victim of battle induced PTSD. It took me a great effort to track down his medical history.

He was in the Marines four years and had at least one tour in Iraq and another tour in Haiti. One report from the Marines says he got ten medals. He got out of the Marines in 2010. He was unable to find work. He was taken to a psychiatric hospital in 2012, after "threatening to kill himself and his family". When apprehended by the police, "He was drunk, not wearing shoes nor shirt, and was very emotional and crying".

His father was threatening to take away his gun. Eddie threatened to "blow his own brains out".

He was in a psychiatric hospital for evaluation and possible medical therapy, but he obviously didn't get either.

In May 2012, he was suspected of burglary of a neighbor's home in which nine bottles of drugs were stolen. In January 2013, he had a run in with Dallas, Texas Police. He was again taken to a psychiatric hospital for evaluation. He wasn't kept long, which is about typical for military PTSD victims.

After the killings, and he was in jail, he got into an altercation with jailers. He was tasered and forcibly put in a restraining chair in his cell. He was on a suicide watch.

It is not known, at least by me, if he was ever diagnosed with PTSD or put on medications. While the assassination of Navy SEAL Chris Kyle is a real tragedy, the egregiously bad medical care given to Marine Eddie Routh is even a worse tragedy in that the sequence of events with military PTSD victims has been repeated thousands of times. This has ended up with thousands of suicides, possibly hundreds of murders, thousands of cases of spousal and child abuse, and probably a whole lot more sociopathic actions.

Far more needs to be found out about Marine Eddie Routh before anybody condemns him.


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eat the apple and fuck the corps February 26, 2013 11:18 am (Pacific time)

I served with eddie and was his roomate for a short time. me and eddie were very close friends and we both had some really good times together. he is deff not in his right mind right now cause this is not who he is he is a very funny and out goin person. i would nnever dreamed eddie would have dun sumthin like this .i would really like to know the truth to this and the reason y he dun this. but i love ya and miss ya eddie. i wish we was out on that pier me u and ur old man fish again like we did everyday the last few days ur were in the corps

Anonymous February 23, 2013 8:42 am (Pacific time)

Actually their murder rate is much lower. A number of years ago the New York Times offered up a story such as wat you write Fabian, but they later corrected the story...in very small print in the back pages. Of course the story got out there, and those with an agenda and/or of low research ability continue with the lies. Fabian you would fit right in with the Vietnam detractors. Of course if you talked your crap with them you would have been corrected very quickly. People like you must sit around in your mother's underwear putting on her make-up when not online. Combat vetrans generally in time become the most successful of their civilian peers. Look up Myths about Vietnam on any search engine. Of course that would requite innitiative, not a trait of uneducated losers.

To Fabian from Dr. Phil 'Dogface' Le February 22, 2013 5:47 pm (Pacific time)

American military PTSD victims have the highest suicide rate, probably the highest murder rate, alcoholism rate, heroin use rate, meth use rate, cocaine use rate, highest homeless rate, spousal and child abuse rate in history.

The military specifically trains us to be psychopaths and sociopaths, to be instantaneous killers.

It is the only way to survive in combat, then we come home.

Vic February 22, 2013 4:43 pm (Pacific time)

Routh may have PTSD, but Kyle was a sociopathic murderer who gloated over his killings... He invaded a country that had never attacked us, and killed over 150 men, boys and probably women and children that were guilty of nothing more than trying to defend their homes and families..and then he had the gall to label his murder victims "savages"..The man that killed him should get a Nobel Peace Prize...

DevilDog February 22, 2013 10:33 am (Pacific time)

I served with Eddie for all 4 years with the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit.

Editor: Semper fi, please write to me at: tim@salem-news.com

Fabian February 22, 2013 10:21 am (Pacific time)

Navy SEAL super sniper?? Save the all pitiful victim of military care negligence Eddie Ray Routhie?? BOTH victims? Do not put them together in a same sentence. I realize that you are someone with a very smart brain, but that has nothing to do with common sense. Society would never even consider your idea. Cannot forgive people guilty of murder because of some trauma or mental illness. Everyone would be dead and they would all be justified. I could have a mental illness and do something very ill to you. You would not want to justify me after your life was gone and your family didn't have you.

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