Don’t ignore mental illness
Thank you, John Hoon, for your letter [“Walk in his shoes,” Northwest Voices, June 10]. I thought I was the only one out here who had some sympathy for Sgt. Robert Bales.There is no doubt that what he did was despicable, but the fact that the United States kept sending this poor man back to Afghanistan when he had already been there more times than most was even more despicable.
Sgt. Bales was not only battle weary, but was mentally weary, probably suffering from PTSD. Yet, the Army kept sending him back.
How the military can justify the callousness of their actions is beyond me. I guess what surprises me, also, is that there aren’t more Sgt. Bales’ with the same mental disorders serving our military.
Darlene Cox, Seattle
Correction: Information in this article, originally published June 14, 2013, was corrected June 14, 2013. A previous version of this story used a headline that implied that Sgt. Robert Bales had been sentenced. Bales sentencing is not expected until August of this year.