Taken last year. Mike Hawley talking about death issues with other veterans.
Jay White, Aaron Jones, Jesse and I filmed a show on Middletown Public access. The show’s hosted by a veteran and deals primarily with veterans issues/needs and news. The purpose of our visit was to discuss readjustment problems with veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan.
The group discussion went well. My only problems with it is the time limit. It’s hard for rookies like myself to pare down our talks. It was interesting to talk an older generation of veterans. I had to watch my cursing though, and that’s tough sometimes.
Aaron as usual, impressed the producers and helped get our group offered a spot in one of their open time slots. We hope to start the show sometime in the next month or tow. In all probability, it will be formatted around art and veteran issues.
Watch the program on Tuesdays this month at 7 pm.
Recently there’s been a spate of murders attributed to a unit out of Fort Carson, CO. 14 or so soldiers have been arrested in connection with homicides. The mayhem was enough to warrant a study by the Army.
Normally the army sweeps some issues under the rug. This time however, the bloodshed was so endemic that it was forced by the court of public opinion to investigate. Some suggest combat stress compiled over multiple deployments led the outbreak. The army however, may have different ideas.
I will be writing about this subject in coming days. Anger, depression, violence, alcohol, and other issues with PTSD plague an untold number of vets going to war repeatedly. You can decide. I will include anecdotal evidence from myself with the essays.