Fort Carson Soldiers who are accused of Colorado slayings tell of Iraq horrors

Jul 26, 2009 | Posted by: Texian | Full story: hosted.ap.org

July 26, 2009

Associated Press

COLORADO SPRINGS -- Soldiers from an Army unit that had 10 infantrymen accused of murder, attempted murder or manslaughter after returning to civilian life described a breakdown in discipline during their Iraq deployment in which troops murdered civilians, a newspaper reported Sunday.

Some Fort Carson, Colo.-based soldiers have had trouble adjusting to life back in the United States, saying they refused to seek help, or were belittled or punished for seeking help. Others say they were ignored by their commanders, or coped through drug and alcohol abuse before they allegedly committed crimes, The Gazette of Colorado Springs said.

The Gazette based its report on months of interviews with soldiers and their families, medical and military records, court documents and photographs.

Several soldiers said unit discipline deteriorated while in Iraq.

"Toward the end, we were so mad and tired and frustrated," said Daniel Freeman. "You came too close, we lit you up. You didn't stop, we ran your car over with the Bradley," an armored fighting vehicle.

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We MUST do more for our fighting men and women!

For much more on this story you can go to the following links ...

(Fort Carson report: Combat stress contributed to soldiers' crimes back home)
http://www.gazette.com/articles/soldiers-5852...

(ACTUAL complete and downloadable U.S.Army report)
http://www3.gazette.com/documents/epiconrepor...

(Story with List of killings)
http://www.gazette.com/articles/allegedly-585...

(Casualties of War, Part I: The hell of war comes home)
http://www.gazette.com/articles/iframe-59065-...

(Casualties of War, Part II: Warning signs)
http://www.gazette.com/articles/html-59091-ht...

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