Navy Captain William Nash, an expert on battle fatigue, reports war stress may result in battle-hardened Marines getting into trouble such as alcohol or drug abuse. The ironic consequence is that America sends young men into battle, they get battle fatigue, receive less than honorable discharges, and lose out on Veteran benefits. Nash notes in the past four years, 1,019 Marines received less-than-honorable discharges with at least 326 displaying evidence of severe mental issues.
Nash’s comments appeared on the day G. Gordon Libby got a pardon for his criminal behavior. If Libby had been a Marine, he would have received a less-than-honorable discharge and lost out on benefits. Mr. Libby will make millions by benefiting from his trial and selling his story.