Police records show that the Iraqi war veteran accused of killing legendary sniper Chris Kyle and his friend had been taken to a mental hospital twice in the last five months for post traumatic stress disorder.
Some people have criticized Kyle for taking Eddie Routh to a shooting range to treat PTSD, but retired Brigadier General and psychiatrist Stephen Xenakis says if the situation is handled correctly, it can also help a troubled vet.
In Routh’s case, it appears his symptoms may have spiraled out of control. Kyle, a former Navy SEAL, knew something about post traumatic stress disorder. He had served four tours of duty in Iraq, killed 150 enemy insurgents and wrote a best selling book about his wartime experience as a sniper. Former Marine Brandon Webb trained Kyle in the military.
Trying to help Routh led to the death of Kyle and his friend Chad Littlefield.
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