After watching the painful example of Sarah Palin’s rambling speech, I was mesmerized to hear about the struggles of her son Track Palin. It seems, much like my fellow brothers and sisters in arms, he too fought the good fight, and came back just a little bit different. Except maybe he didn’t – perform either.
Sarah’s comments were rather clear on the matter. “My son, a combat vet having served in a Stryker brigade fighting for you all, America, in the war zone. It’s a shame that our military personnel even have to question, have to wonder if they’re respected anymore. It starts from the top … the question, though, that comes from our own president where they have to look at him and wonder, ‘Do you know what we go through?”
According to his DD214 released internet-wide, Track Palin joined the military in late 2007 and served for two years, including an overseas tour in Iraq with the 1st Brigade, 25th Infantry Division (Stryker). During his service he received medals to include an Army Commendation Medal (1OLC), Global War On Terror Service Medal, and the Iraq Campaign Medal with Campaign Star. What he did not receive was a Combat Infantryman Badge or a Purple Heart.
Now we are splitting hairs to talk semantics here, but the difference between a veteran and a combat veteran is clearly stated on the Veteran Affairs webpage. It states that “veterans, including activated Reservists and members of the National Guard, are eligible if they served on active duty in a theater of combat operations after November 11, 1998, and have been discharged under other than dishonorable conditions.”
So, first and foremost, let’s be fair. Even without a CIB or Purple Heart, Track is still legitimately a combat veteran. Now onto the discussion of PTSD. Should PTSD be used to justify a man who punches a woman in the face, kicks her in the knee, and then points a weapon at her before threatening to kill himself? The statement seems so ludicrous that asking is almost comical. PTSD causes different reactions in different people, but the thought that it justifies domestic violence is awkward at best, downright embarrassing at worst.
Further, the thought that it is somehow the fault of the President for not instilling enough confidence in the soldiers, and therefore, doubting his appreciation of their sacrifices, they are forced to commit crimes against loved ones is just plain sad.
As a combat veteran with multiple deployments under his belt, and who suffers through, deals with, and lives through the effects of PTSD daily, allow me to be the first to say that these actions are without justification. We all suffer through our loss, regrets, mistakes, and actions. We do not politicize the discussion to justify misconduct in the name of a political election sound bite.
Sarah Palin’s comments, and her son’s actions, were a disservice to themselves that day. It would have been far better to recognize that her son needs to recognize the criminality of his actions and quite possibly, needs the family to support him in the process.
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