(Note that the pic above is from the Washington Post and from a column written by Alex Horton, who served 15 months as an infantryman in Iraq. Below is a link to his column.)
Democratic Senator John Walsh (decorated war vet and former Army General) got caught — plagiarism — and not back in high school did he do it, but in an Army War college essay. Plagiarism is about dishonesty.
“I don’t want to blame my mistake on PTSD….but I do want to say it may have been a factor.” CLICK HERE
I hate that he is blaming PTSD even if only in part. PTSD is real and it is horrible and for a General to blame PTSD for plagiarism (dishonesty) now hurts vets who have PTSD and are working very hard every minute of the day to deal with it. I so wish instead General / Senator Walsh were an inspiration to those suffering from PTSD – sending a message to those PTSD vets and their families who are discouraged, yes, PTSD is hell, but you can still make a big difference. Senator Walsh had a big chance, a giant platform. Imagine the message of a US Senator working daily and overcoming a horrible disability like PTSD! That message would inspire so many. People with big jobs have extra responsibilities – even if it is tough, extra tough. We need people at the top inspiring others.
I just got back from Alaska fishing with vets (OPERATION HEAL OUR PATRIOTS/Reverend Franklin Graham/Samaritan’s Purse) and many of my fellow fisherman suffer from PTSD. They were the most incredible people (and their spouses, too) you will ever meet. I really don’t know how they do it — but I am in awe of them.
By the way, if Senator Walsh thinks his PTSD is a factor in his plagiarism, that it helped caused dishonesty, what about his votes in the US Senate? Does he now send a lousy message ? I hope not.
What do you think?