I watched Greta Van Susteren's interview of Marine Sergeant Tahmooressi on Sunday night. The effects of the Post Traumatic Stress Disorder from which the Sergeant suffers were evident. He had trouble collecting his thoughts. His mind seemed to wander at times. He admitted that he had not been a "model prisoner" and that he had "lashed out" at the guards on numerous occasions. He recounted how, during one of his frequent anxiety attacks, he attempted an ill-advised escape – an attempt that would have been perceived as futile and fool-hardy by a saner man.
It is certain that Sergeant Tahmooressi's mental condition contributed to his treatment by Mexican authorities. The Sergeant does not speak Spanish, and his guards could only conclude that his erratic behavior was the result of deliberate recalcitrance.
Sergeant Tahmooressi should have been in a VA hospital undergoing treatment for the injuries he suffered in the defense of our freedoms, and not allowed to wander around San Diego, a city with which he was unfamiliar. And once he got into trouble, the United States government should have moved heaven and earth to get him released – instead of leaving the news media to do the job.
But then, Sergeant Tahmooressi did get out of the Mexican prison alive, which is more than we can say for untold numbers of his comrades-in-arms who underwent treatment by the VA.
On this Veteran's Day, let us not only remember those who have served and those who have paid the ultimate price to keep us safe, let us renew our commitment to care for those who have returned from the battle field with disabilities, whether physical or mental. We have a new Congress coming in in January. We must urge our representatives in Washington to overhaul the VA. A good place to start would be to take veterans care out of the inept and corrupt hands of the government by privatizing it.
Of course, we've got to get rid of Obamacare first, or we'll be right back where we started..