Fallujah's 'Marlboro Man'

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The Marlboro Man -- of bucking horse amid great western mesas fame -- died of lung cancer, using whatever platform he had to denounce smoking.

One by one the icons of the Iraq War prove to be false idols. They faked the Jessica Lynch hero story, fudged the Pat Tillman death and now, the New York Post cover soldier with a cigarette dangling from his dirty lips who "kicked butt" in Fallujah, turns out to have Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

Not that I blame the soldier, of course. In fact, it doesn't just turn out that he has PTSD, he went on network TV and described it:

"For the most part, I mean, it was a big adjustment [when I got home] just trying to get in that mindset of being able to just roam, run around without fear of being shot at or where to look for danger. ... It's unexplainable. I mean, just to go from that mindset to being able to walk around freely and just enjoy it."
Steven D writes: "Miller told CBS that he's gone into therapy... and that he knows there are many more soldiers who are suffering from PTSD as a result of their Iraq service. He's to be commended for going public and making a point about his therapy, which is just as heroic a deed as any he did in Iraq..." (BoomanTribune)

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