He was facing up to 20 years for assault with a deadly weapon. He was drunk and in a rage and took a knife to a fight with a neighbor. When faced with a altercation he took matters into his hands the only way he knew. He said the demons in his mind made him do it. He has reoccurring dreams of anger wanting to get back at the people who killed some of the 200 Marines he was in charge of in Iraq. The guys who died that he told their families he was going to send them home safely.
They end up loosing their job if they can even find one. They loose the trust of their family. They loose the little they have acquired. Back in Iraq he lived with hidden threats all around. Always on guard and if you killed someone you thought was the enemy who cares, aggression was just on your trigger finger. In America you are isolated and still angry and can not act out in a violent way to anyone.
So forget Veterans Day this year the storms were more important. But never ever forget a Veteran. If they are in uniform, go up to them say thanks give them the largest denomination of money you got on you and put that cash in their hand. Thank them directly and quickly any day of the year because they went far away to keep the terrorists and any enemy far away from your shores.