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Effects on veterans far reaching

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By Staff Brunswick Beacon

To the editor:

In a few short weeks, we’ll have a new leader for our country and perhaps a new hope for getting out of Iraq.

For nearly six of the eight years George Bush has been president, we’ve been at war. Hard to believe, isn’t it? We’ve done such a good job of ignoring it.

I could say a lot about war and politics and the economy, but what I really care about is our veterans. They’re coming home and so many are coming home with physical and mental challenges. Violent crimes committed by veterans have become commonplace; it’s easy to assign blame to any veteran involved in any crime.

Take for instance a crime that occurred a year ago on Oct. 26; a mother, a daughter and an unrelated veteran were all dead in a trailer on Boones Neck Road in Brunswick County.

Sheriff Ronald Hewett and the media immediately called it an “apparently random” double-murder-suicide, even though there was no motive. Must have been something terrible happened to the veteran during his three tours of duty in Iraq and he flipped. Open-and-shut case. Easy to explain away and move on.

The initial judgment doesn't make sense. Investigators must know Joshua Outlaw didn’t do it.

Regardless of how you feel about the war in Iraq, we have gotten too good at ignoring the fact young American men and women are over there fighting. Please don’t ignore them when they come home.

Sheriff John Ingram: If you cannot in good conscience implicate Joshua Outlaw, then let the truth be told. Since you’ve taken office, you’ve proven yourself to be a man of results.

Please give your attention to this crime before the trail gets too cold. Joshua Outlaw was an American soldier and a good man. Solve his, Nikki and Asya’s murders and clear his name.

Christine Wilds

Leland