Meanwhile back in Indiana:
Family members believe that wounded Iraq war veteran Eric W. Hall, missing since Sunday, may be wandering in the woods, suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and under the impression that he is still fighting in Iraq
Hoosier marine Eric Hall, now 24, saw his best friend decapitated and himself nearly blown to pieces three years ago in Iraq. Suffering from post traumatic stress syndrome, he vanished into the Florida woods this past weekend while staying with family. According to family, Hall had moved to Florida to start over.
With as many as 1/3 of all returning vets from Iraq and Afghanistan are coming home with PTSD, at least Indiana Congressman Dan Burton has his priorities right. Burton, a big cheerleader for the invasion of Iraq and all other grease fires started by George W. Bush, apparently had time today to go after Brian McNamee at the Roger Clemens’ steroids hearing.
He attacked McNamee, Clemens’ former steroid supplying trainer, with such fury that it made national news. (He was mocked by a normally conservative sports radio host on my way into work today). The video can be seen below.
Admittedly steroid dealers don’t have great reputations, but McNamee’s testimony is backed by Clemens’ former Yankee teammates. There is nothing wrong about being tough on somebody who has fudged the truth in the past.
But, I bet Eric Hall’s family and friends now wish Burton had taken that same approach with George W. Bush and the lies that led us into the Iraq disaster. Or at least cared enough to make sure returning vets get all the top quality care they deserve. According to the Jeffersonville newspaper, Hall struggled getting assistance for his medical problems.
For those who might not know, Burton represents the wealthiest, whitest, and most conservative part of Indiana. Check out this salon.com article for a good but highly disturbing read about him.