Across America, Deadly Echoes of Foreign Battles – New York Times
Posted On January 13, 2008
121 Iraq and Afghanistan vets have committed murders upon their return to the US.
“You are unleashing certain things in a human being we don’t allow in civic society, and getting it all back in the box can be difficult for some people.”
WILLIAM C. GENTRY, an Iraq veteran and San Diego prosecutor, on how combat can affect returning
Late one night in the summer of 2005, Matthew Sepi, a 20-year-old Iraq combat veteran, headed out to a 7-Eleven in the seedy Las Vegas neighborhood where he had settled after leaving the Army.
This particular 7-Eleven sits in the shadow of the Stratosphere casino-hotel in a section of town called the Naked City. By day, the area, littered with malt liquor cans, looks depressed but not menacing. By night, it becomes, in the words of a local homicide detective, “like Falluja.”