Sorry Patton Oswalt, veterans are not like the Joker

by Dr. Eric Hannel

May 24, 2018 12:00 AM

Veterans suffering with PTSD are all too human. They hurt, and theories which morph their personal pain into comic book terrorism hurt, too.

(Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP File)

Patton Oswalt, the comic actor, recently theorized that the Joker, played by Heath Ledger in Christopher Nolan’s “The Dark Knight,” was a veteran suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD.

Given that May is National Mental Health Awareness Month, it is appropriate to consider Oswalt’s comments beyond a simple late-night ramble.

Read the entire op-ed here:

Published by: Dr. Eric Hannel

Dr. Hannel retired from the United States Marine Corps and later served as a congressional military liaison and the Staff Director/lead investigator for the Subcommittee on Oversight & Investigations in the House Veterans' Affairs Committee. While in Congress, Dr. Hannel contributed to the amicus curiae brief presented to the Supreme Court of the United States regarding Kingdomware Technologies, Inc. v. United States, spoke at length with the UK Defense Minister on veterans’ issues, and as part of the House Democracy Partnership he addressed Members of Parliament from Georgia, Kyrgyzstan, Liberia, Peru, and Timor-Leste and most recently the Secretary General of the Sri Lankan Parliament. Dr. Hannel has more than two decades of experience addressing systems, information, personnel, and personal security issues.

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