Man's struggle at CCBC shows difficulty veterans face

November 22, 2010

It was with a sunken heart that I read about Charles Whittington's ordeal with the Community College of Baltimore County in "A Fight for Freedom" (Nov. 21). Although tragically disturbing, Mr. Whittington's English class essay eloquently and concisely states his struggle to which our nation must pay closer attention.

It doesn't take a mental health expert to understand warriors' addictions to the adrenaline and emotions they must to rely upon in order to survive — not only in direct combat, but while under the daily threat of attack in Iraq and Afghanistan. CCBC found itself in a situation that American institutions and citizens are late to address — that we must bring our veterans home with greater mental health, educational and vocational support, and that we must live and work with veterans without being fearful that every one returning from combat is a safety concern.

More money must be dedicated to mandatory readjustment and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder services, educational grants and tax incentives for employers who hire veterans. Most importantly, we must bring our soldiers home quickly and avoid this tragedy from worsening. Thank you for your service, Mr. Whittington, and best wishes for a quick return to your classes.

Karen Baitch Rosenberg, Reisterstown

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