Saturday, August 29, 2009

Another thing for recruiters to explain-away

WILLARD, Ohio — The mother of a soldier whose suicide in Iraq led to cruelty charges against four men says her son made two final phone calls to tell her of abuses he was suffering in his platoon.

Kathe Wilhelm has told The Associated Press that her son, Pvt. Keiffer Wilhelm, called her the day before he died and said he was being forced to run for miles with rocks in his pockets that smashed against his knees.

She says he also said his belongings were disappearing and he had no one to turn to for help.

Wilhelm grew up in Ohio. He had been in Iraq with a new unit for 10 days when he killed himself Aug. 4.

Four soldiers have been charged with cruelty and maltreatment of subordinates.

The military has said there's no direct evidence the alleged misconduct caused Wilhelm's death.

Like I said: the SRA of the "war on terror" includes abuse of members of the US military. This is just the most obvious example I've found.