In three tours of duty, Cpl. Trent D. Thomas suffered over 25 different incidents of blast injury–and now he strands trial at Camp Pendleton for the murder of an Iraqi man.
Many of us know that brain injuries can unleash violent behavior, and Cpl. Thomas may indeed have a severe neurobehavioral problem on his hands. What is most disconcerting about the revelations is that Cpl. Thomas was permitted to return to the battlefield following each blast. One question naturally arises: how many other blast-affected soldiers are still serving in Iraq?