Various media outlets, including USA Today, have reported that Navy Yard shooter Aaron Alexis suffered from PTSD due to his rescue work in New York City after 9/11.
USA Todayquoted Alexis’ father saying his son “had anger-management problems associated with PTSD, and that he had been an active participant in rescue attempts on 9/11.”
I’m waiting for the follow-up article that details the rescue work Alexis performed in New York.
I have friends who worked in both the Pentagon and the World Trade Center on 9/11, and they handle their grief with tears, heartfelt talk with close friends and family and therapy – not automatic weapons and pistols.
Stress after searing events is real, as I well know. But let’s not play the PTSD card every time a whacko engages in a rampage with guns. Among other things, it scares off potential employers of combat veterans.
Bob Brewin joined Government Executive in April 2007, bringing with him more than 20 years of experience as a journalist focusing on defense issues and technology. Bob covers the world of defense and information technology for Nextgov, and is the author of the “What’s Brewin” blog.