Veterans Fear Baton Rouge and Dallas Shootings Will Spread Negative Stereotypes

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There are countless military veterans that have been trying desperately to shake the over-circulated stereotype that Rambo so mistakenly emulates. Many still hold on to the idea that when veterans come home from their time in service they are easily rattled and are essentially nothing more than mentally ticking time bombs ready to explode.

Due to the fact that both of the recent shootings that occurred in Dallas and in Baton Rouge, La were done by young military veterans, this stereotype has only been further cemented into the minds of civilians.

With this harmful stereotype spreading, veterans worry that employers will be completely discouraged about hiring veterans. This is a huge struggle already as adjusting to civilian life after coming home is already difficult for most.

It has been proven that neither of the gunmen had any actual combat experience and according to their military records there was no evidence that they had ever suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder.

Phillip Carter is an Iraq war veteran who is currently studying the interaction between veterans and society for the Center for a New American Security.

Carter noted,

“People see these guys were veterans and they make the leap that all veterans are killers with PTSD that are going to blow at a moment’s notice…That message is very harmful”.

There is absolutely no substantiated data that suggests veterans are more likely to commit crimes when compared to the average civilian. During these trying times, many veterans have made the point that although both of the gunman in these recent shootings were military veterans, four of the eight police officers that were killed were also veterans.

Mr. Rieckhoff was an Army infantry platoon leader during the invasions in Iraq.

Rieckhoff shares,

“The truth is that veterans are much more likely to be the rescuer than the assailant”.

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