A Texas jury has found Eddie Ray Routh guilty of the murder of US Navy Seal Chris Kyle, who wrote American Sniper, and his friend Chad Littlefield. The debate of whether soldiers coming home from war battles with PTSD , should face the full extent of the law as it pertains to prosecution of criminal behavior, has just began all over again.
The subject, Routh shot and killed two people as they were attempting to give him support with his PTSD. It was argued by his lawyer that " Routh, who suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder, was under extreme mental distress and was convinced the two men would turn on him on the day of the killing." He pleaded not guilty for reason of insanity.
The judge and the prosecution, although submitted Routh to a psychological exam, the court represented psychologist believed he wasn't insane but is suffering from paranoid disorder. What is paranoid disorder per se......as defined by the American Institute of Mental Health/Disease: It is a mental disorder characterized by paranoia and a pervasive, long-standing suspicious and generalized mistrust of others.
Chris Kyle and his friend took a mental patient listed under the wounded warrior project to help give him some guidance on how to deal with his PTSD or mental disorder cited by the United States Army Medical Department. I found it interesting that if the military placed him with prescribed anti-psychotic medication often used for schizophrenia. A mental or a psychological screening and medical background should have been interjected into the testimony from the military doctors. The text messages from Chris Kyle to his friend on the day of the shooting stated " this dude is straight up nuts".
LET ME BE CLEAR! I DON'T SUPPORT ROUTH IN ANY WAY, SHAPE OR FORM.
We must examine what happened and how can this sort of reality can be curbed or stopped. In my opinion here are the mistakes to this entire situation.
- Range or Target shooting is NOT a positive or an effective way to deal with paranoid disorder by any means. To bring a crazy person whom is also a trained marksman (military veteran) to go shooting is a bad idea.
- The military has done a poor job in treating these young men and women upon their return into civil society. I am a 10 year war veteran and when I decided to seek life elsewhere from the military. I got the boot without so much as a thank you. Finding work and a decent place to live was very challenging since I was on my own. I had known many veterans returning from military service whom just couldn't cope with civilian life. They started drinking and turned to drugs as a solution mechanism. If you add mental health issues from combat and it's addressed but ignored, then are we surprised at this outcome.
- A special court system needs to be designated when you have a war weary veteran so that equal due process under these certain conditions could be really considered.
I agree incarceration is required for this type of crime, but to sentence him life without rehabilitation (without parole) is an injustice to veterans suffering from PTSD. We may find ourselves initiating the draft all over again; if we start exercising the maximum penalty for veterans coming home from defending themselves from being killed on the battlefield.
As a conspiracy theorist!
Is it possible that all this was just a cover up on the assassination of Chris Kyle. The military doesn't want to alarm the public or the enemy that the infiltrator was apprehended. Why would the defense attorney allow the movie to be aired so close to the trial? The argument would've been made that it goes against his client as prejudicial to have a fair and impartial a jury. Why!
As a veteran I pray for the family of Chris Kyle and all veterans especially the one's suffering from PTSD and/or mental disorders.