Dakota Meyer and Rachel Maddow both fight the PTSD myth
I know it sounds like I am harping on this, but the "PTSD leads to murder" myth that is being sold in the media is truly harmful to veterans. Millions of people have PTSD and just go about their lives peacefully, benefitting society and those they touch. But you get one sick person that starts shooting, and all those people are unfairly tarred with the same brush. Enter two people you wouldn't normally think of together: Medal of Honor recipient Dakota Meyer and MSNBC host Rachel Maddow.
Linking the Fort Hood shooting to Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder only hurts American service members struggling to process their war experiences and make their way back in the civilian world, Medal of Honor recipient Dakota Meyer told FoxNews.com.
Meyer, a Marine who battled PTSD after coming home from Afghanistan, where he risked his life to recover the remains of four fallen brothers in arms, winced when he heard some reports attributing Army Spec. Ivan Lopez's Wednesday rampage to the condition. Lopez gunned down three fellow soldiers, wounded 16 and then killed himself when a military cop confronted him.
"If we think of every other mass shooting in America as somehow particular to the circumstances of that shooting but this one as explained away as 'Oh he was an Iraq vet'... not only does that not help us understand what happened here, it is an offense against every other veteran who right now is getting that stigma shoveled onto them by a lazy civilian world and a lazy civilian media who find this dangerous veteran stereotype to be an easier thing to point to than America has a bad mass shooting problem."