San Diego-area Rep. Bob "I'm a congressman, I can do whatever I want" Filner addressed the annual convention of the American Legion today.
Filner, I think, stuck his foot in his mouth, but I think most are too kind to point it out. Filner advocated more mental health care for members of the military returning from combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan.
"When you leave the combat zone, you can be in Baghdad yesterday and tomorrow you are taking your kids to a soccer game. There is no time for decompression," he said, pointing to high rates of domestic violence, alcohol and drug abuse as well as the highest suicide rate in the Army in a quarter century.
"We're releasing a time bomb to the community," said Filner, an eight-term congressman who represents a San Diego-area district.
Note that the military suicide rate is still below that of the public at large. I'm unsure if there's a lack of mental health care or troops who need it are not taking advantage of it, but nonetheless, I think Filner was out of line -- and stigmatizing members of the military -- when he likened returning vets as "time bombs."
I think an apology is in order.