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A sad reminder

...of the Iraq war's emotional after-effects, from a veteran who killed himself on Monday.
A tragic reminder of war's traumatic after-effects for veterans…

Freeway Blogger just posted a "suicide note" from Iraq war vet Spc. Douglas Barber, who shot and killed himself on Monday.

Barber was outspoken about his "personal war" with PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) since coming home from Iraq. His anger and pain are palpable in his letter, and he encourages readers not only to take this pain seriously, but to do everything they can to remind the media, the administration and the American public that this is a needless, thankless war; a war for nothing:
Donald Rumsfeld and President Bush do not want to reveal to the American people that this war is a personal war. They want to run the war like a business, and thus they refuse to show the personal sacrifices the soldiers and their families have made for this country. …
Talk show hosts like Sean Hannity, Bill O'Reilly, Rush Limbaugh and so many others act like they know all about war; then they refuse to give any creadence to soldiers like me who have been to war and seen the brutality…. These guys are nothing but WEAK SPINELESS COWARDS hiding behind microphones while soldiers come home and are losing everything they have….
There needs to be a National awareness for every Veteran who has ever served in any war. Send e-mails to the Big Mouths on TV and ask them to have soldiers like me on their programs. I am asking you as Americans to BOYCOTT every TV show or host/journalist that refuses to tell the real truth.
Barber was interviewed on Doug Basham's radio show in December -- you can listen here.
Laura Barcella is AlterNet's front page editor.
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