If there’s anything that this weekend’s tragic, cold-blooded murder of 16 Afghans by a lone U.S. staff sergeant has taught us, it’s not just that we need to leave this more-than-decade-old theater of war sooner rather than later, but also that now more than ever, the physical AND mental health of our soldiers need to be an absolute top priority for the U.S. military.
We need to stop being surprised that soldiers suffer mental health issues at levels greater than previously thought and actually do something about it. How many more times does Panjwai need to happen before we start taking this problem seriously?
Hey, the New York Daily News: no need to be assholes in your hed-writing, okay?
Mental health issues always seem to take a back seat to physical health issues. But the truth is, both are potentially debilitating in their own ways. It was great to see Artest in such an honest moment, in which he brought the issue of mental health into a very public light. Good for him.