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Off the Record

Greta: Sad news about Sgt. Tahmooressi - and a warning

By Greta Van Susteren

Let's all go "Off the Record." Now, this is heartbreaker for me. So, I will just jump to the news: U.S. Marine Sergeant Andrew Tahmooressi, who served two tours in Afghanistan and who we, at 'On the Record' worked really hard to get out of that horrible Mexican prison after that wrong turn, has been arrested in Indiana.

No, it's not the most serious charge - possession of less than 30 grams of marijuana. But that's not all. In March of 2015, he was arrested in Georgia on DUI charges. That's very serious. He can kill someone with a car.

Sergeant Tahmooressi is a veteran; he's in trouble. He's in real trouble. He has PTSD from war. And he certainly not alone. There are thousands of vets struggling with PTSD. Sergeant Tahmooressi's buddy, who served him in Afghanistan, said he was a great marine doing his job protecting them and protecting you and me.

Then everything changed when he got hit by an IED. He has never been the same. Yes, of course, Sergeant Tahmooressi bears some personal responsibility in these arrests. But do we? He protected us. We know he has a problem. He reached out for help from the V.A. What did they do for him? And what about the V.A.?

Remember when President Obama promised to make the V.A. a national leader in health care reform? Well, is it? Not according to what I hear. So, you and I know the inevitable. Sergeant Tahmooressi will continue to be washed in and out of the criminal justice system until something really bad happens.

These stories never end well. I fear the worst and I sure hope I'm wrong. And that's my "Off the Record" comment tonight.