Letters: TBI; Texas Hitchhiker

Originally published on May 12, 2011 6:00 pm
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Time now for your letters.

Earlier this week, we aired a story about soldiers recovering from traumatic brain injury and changes in the way the military decides who among them can return to the battlefield.

Sean Sheeley(ph) of Centennial, Colorado, said he found it infuriating that the military would send any soldier suffering from TBI back into battle. He writes this: As a person with posttraumatic stress disorder myself, I understand that a prominent symptom is a drive to recreate the trauma again and again. This is something that has to be overcome through therapy. Sending these heroes back to war risks permanent psychological damage and dishonors the sacrifice they've already made.

Also this week, we aired the story of Chip Williams.

Mr. DERECK "CHIP" WILLIAMS: My philosophy of life is basically to, you know, live life, you know, like, do what you do, love what you do and don't listen to naysayers. You know, like, you can't do that.

SIEGEL: Williams was unemployed and hitchhiking to British Columbia when we caught up with him. There, he hopes to rendezvous with the most amazing woman he's ever met. They then hope to sail around the world together.

Well, Gerald Greenblatt(ph) of Seattle writes this about Mr. Williams: Some might look on him as homeless, a vagrant, a bum. But I'll bet many folks who were like him in the '60s and '70s recognize a kindred soul and, with me, wish him well. You go, man. Follow your dreams.

We should also note that, in the course of that story, we mistakenly called Chip Williams, Chip Matthews. Our apologies to Chip.

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