"One report followed 850 young civilian adults over eight years, and found that those who’d suffered a TBI “reported more interpersonal violence” than their peers."
Another, out of Sweden, tracked over 20,000 people for 35 years. That one, published earlier this year, noted that 9 percent of all TBI-afflicted study participants were implicated in a violent crime at some point after sustaining the injury. By comparison, only 3 percent of those without a brain injury ever committed a violent crime. The researchers concluded that TBI “significantly increased [the] risk” that an individual would behave violently...
In 1996, a team writing in the journal Neurologist reported the findings of their study on 279 Vietnam-era veterans who’d suffered TBIs with varying degrees of severity during their deployment. That team found a strong link between TBIs and aggression.
Four deployments The toll of recurring deployments weighed heavily on the soldier. According to Browne, "The suspect had been injured twice during his three previous deployments to Iraq, and didn't want to go to Afghanistan to begin with."
He began his first (and fourth total) deployment in Afghanistan in December. The Chicago Tribune reports Browne saying "He was told he was not going to be redeployed, and the family was counting on him not to be redeployed, so his family was told his tours were over. And literally overnight that changed," Browne said. "He and the family were not happy that he was going back."
Weighing the totality of forces pressing against the soldier, A source told The Times that "When it all comes out, it will be a combination of stress, alcohol and domestic issues - he just snapped."
Police are searching for the mother of an Iraq War veteran who is missing after her son shot and killed his 11-year-old sister, then took his own life
"Police searching for the missing mother of an Iraq War veteran suspected in a murder-suicide said Friday they found signs of violence inside his car.
Officers found 27-year-old Abel Gutierrez' green Ford Mustang at the apartment where he lived, with evidence that a shooting took place inside it, Gilroy police Sgt. Chad Gallacinao said. They also found his mother's cellphone inside.
A roommate called police to the Gutierrez apartment Wednesday night. Arriving officers found the bodies of Gutierrez and his little sister dead from gunshot wounds.
Family members, however, told the San Jose Mercury News that Gutierrez said that he wanted to kill himself "all the time" and would ask if that would hurt them.
Faustino Gutierrez, 46, Martha Gutierrez's brother, said the young veteran would sit on a sofa twirling a handgun and also brandished a rifle inside the family's apartment. He had recently returned from Iraq.
"He said he killed a lot of people in Iraq," Faustino Gutierrez said. "It was in his conscience, and he didn't want to live anymore."