To the Editor:
Re “The Truth About PTSD” (Op-Ed, Jan. 23), about Sarah Palin’s suggestion that her son’s arrest on a domestic violence charge was somehow tied to post-traumatic stress disorder suffered after his military service in Iraq:
I commend Nate Bethea for sharing his experiences.
I retired from the Marine Corps after more than 21 years of active service. My service included casualty notifications to parents and loved ones, grave site ceremonies, escorting the remains of a Marine killed by a roadside bomb to his family in Mauritius and leading counterinsurgency operations in Anbar Province in Iraq.
I survived “peacetime” deployments to disaster-ridden countries ravaged by humanitarian disasters, and the assorted near-misses that go along with hard training involving live ammunition and military demolitions.