We need better care for veterans
What happened to Gregory Edwards is very disturbing.
But for the will of God it could have just as easily happened to me or any other veteran who has PTSD issues.
I know many veterans who are currently being treated for PTSD by the Veterans Administration as well as many who are not, most saying the VA did not want to believe them and or that they were just given drugs that had more side effects than cure. They just gave up on getting treatment because of the runaround they were getting.
Hopefully the VA will take notice of what happened to Gregory Edwards and work to help see that it will not happen to others.
When Holly Edwards told members of law enforcement that her husband suffered from PTSD, they should have contacted a mental health professional to be called to the scene to deal with him.
Hopefully the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office has someone like this on their staff that can be called in; if not they might want to consider putting something like that in their system.
I realize once in the jail that certain protocol is expected and is there for a reason, but again, it did not appear to have one for dealing with someone with a mental illness. Hopefully one will now be installed.
John Herlihy, Palm Bay
Actions have consequences
I do not believe we have a racial disparity with the police. What we have is the failure for people to take accountability for their own actions in regards to the police. When the police yell at you 10 times to stop the car with their guns drawn, stop the freaking car.
This isn’t racism, it is the direct failure to obey instructions. Your actions have consequences. Stop blaming others. It’s not because you are Black, it’s because you are not following orders.
The problem here is that everyone thinks they are entitled to be above the law. No, you are not. The buck stops with the police department out in the field. Act accordingly and the life you save may be yours.
Lisa Taylor, Melbourne