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By James Cogan in the USA:
Iraq veteran convicted in Colorado murder of fellow soldier
26 November 2008
On November 19, a Colorado jury found 25-year-old Iraq war veteran Louis Bressler guilty of conspiracy to commit murder. Bressler and two other former members of the Fort Carson-based 4th Brigade, 4th Division, Bruce Bastien and Kenneth Eastridge, were charged over the brutal killing of fellow veteran Kevin Shields in Colorado Springs on December 1, 2007.
The revelations since Shields’s murder and the arrest of Bressler, Bastien and Eastridge are terrible. They point to the devastating impact that serving in the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq has had on the mental and physical well-being of young soldiers and which will plague American society for years to come.
The 4th Brigade was formed in December 2004 and its ranks included men who had already completed tours of Iraq or took part in the invasion. It was deployed at the beginning of 2006 and operated in the Baghdad area during some of the bloodiest fighting of the war. Its tour was extended from 12 to 15 months as part of the “surge”.
Bressler, Bastien and Eastridge all returned from Iraq with serious problems. Like tens of thousands of Afghanistan and Iraq veterans, Bressler was diagnosed while on duty with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). He had been sent back to the US, where he received an honourable medical discharge and was being treated with anti-depressants.
Bastien, 21, while not diagnosed with PTSD and still in the military, exhibited violent behaviour and psychologically unstable tendencies. He was arrested twice during 2007 for assaulting his wife, including burning her with cigarettes.
Like so many veterans, he was not receiving treatment. His court-appointed lawyer told National Public Radio: “I think the military is sending kids over to fight a war, and then coming back and not giving them the right treatment in order to get them to relate back to real life, rather than life back in Iraq.”
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