Sunday March 9, 2014
PTSD, Navy SEAL Kyle and Marine Eddie Routh: Both Victims of the MilitaryDr. Phillip Leveque Doctor of Pharmacology Salem-News.com
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.
(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.
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.
MILITARY PTSD IS DANGEROUS FOR ALL OF US!
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More information on the history of Dr. Leveque can be found in his book, General Patton's Dogface Soldier of WWII about his own experiences "from a foxhole".
If you are a World War II history buff, you don't want to miss it.
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