Iraq-Vet Kills Himself … Writing Before A Powerful Indictment…

“The simple truth is this: During my first deployment, I was made to participate in things, the enormity of which is hard to describe. War crimes, crimes against humanity,” wrote Somers. “Though I did not participate willingly, and made what I thought was my best effort to stop these events, there are some things that a person simply can not come back from. I take some pride in that, actually, as to move on in life after being part of such a thing would be the mark of a sociopath in my mind. These things go far beyond what most are even aware of.”

Detail of The Death of Socrates. A disciple is... Detail of The Death of Socrates. A disciple is handing Socrates a goblet of hemlock (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Iraq war veteran Daniel Somers committed suicide following an arduous battle with post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) that was caused by his role in committing “crimes against humanity,” according to the soldier’s suicide note.

Somers was assigned to a Tactical Human-Intelligence Team (THT) in Baghdad which saw him involved in more than 400 combat missions as a machine gunner in the turret of a Humvee, in addition to his role in conducting interrogations.

Somers’ suicide note is a powerful indictment of the invasion of Iraq and how it ruined the lives of both countless millions of Iraqis as well as innumerable US troops sent in to do the dirty work of the military-industrial complex.

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      1. I agree. My husband and I had to fight for years to get his VA disability. Meanwhile, we lost our house, our credit was ruined, and we had to sell our nicer possessions and sometimes our blood plasma, just to buy food and keep a roof over our heads. His disability claim was denied, despite letters from his doctors saying that he was too disabled to work.

        We finally had his appeal heard by a federal court judge from Washington, D.C.. I cried throughout most of that hearing because my husband told the judge everything he had told me about what he was ordered to do in Vietnam… and I was terrified of the consequences! But that judge had a heart of compassion and ruled fairly. Unfortunately, the government had stopped paying back pay for the years that veterans were unable to work and suffering without any income. But at least he has his disability now.

        A few hours after I reblogged this post, I deleted it from my website, because I had written some information about my husband’s war experience which, the more I thought about it, I did not feel comfortable having on my blog. Not without asking my husband if that is ok. Even though I didn’t use his name and I write under a pen name, I decided it is better to be safe than sorry. I may put that post back later, after I get a chance to talk with him about it.

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      2. Thank you for sharing this. There was a time when the government’s stance was that it was better to let the few who cheat have money than to risk turning down a citizen in need. That changed after Getrich and his crony’s took over Congress.

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    1. We really must come together as a nation and form a consensus to investigate this war in order to determine if the trust of the American people was betrayed. If it really wasn;t, great! but if it was we owe it to the people who lost their health and lives for nothing.

      We must do everything we can to heal these men and women.

      It is not fair to make them the victimize them further when they have been so clearly abused by the men and women we made responsible for their lives.

      Nothing compounds trauma like the inevitable complicity of silence that enables the perps to get away with it.

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