Friday, January 23, 2015

No Longer Silent Snipers Speak Out

Snipers cowards? Local sniper and Marines take offense to Michael Moore
KHOU 11 News
Kevin Reece
January 20, 2015

CYPRESS, Texas - In tours of Iraq and Afghanistan Marine Gunnery Sgt. Jeff Crenshaw never had to worry about anyone calling him a coward – doesn't have to worry about it now for that matter. But when movie-maker Michael Moore tweeted the "cowards" comment, Crenshaw – a former sniper - and a chorus of supporters of the movie "American Sniper" responded.

"Anybody who says that is an idiot," said Crenshaw now retired from the military and employed as an insurance agent in Houston. The former sniper had to make the same difficult choices and brought home some of the same demons as sniper Chris Kyle, the man's whose life is portrayed in the movie.

"The person I was before I went to Iraq, I absolutely never was when I came home. I mean it just changes you."

"It shows the true nature of war," said Crenshaw who saw the movie last week. "How awful it is and the toll it takes on a human being. Because taking a life is not a natural act."
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Jan 21, 2015
Jeff Crenshaw is a retired Marine Corps sniper, who says "American Sniper" is the most realistic thing he's seen since the battlefield. He also critiques the notion of snipers as cowards.

Sgt. William Rollins, Silver Star, lost more than 20 to combat and 20 more to suicide.

Package about the heroic actions of Sgt. William Rollins. His valor in Afghanistan earned him the Silver Star. The Nation's 3rd highest award for gallantry in combat was presented to him during a ceremony at the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, Twentynine Palms, California, Dec. 17, 2010.
American Sniper has done more than show a very rare glimpse of a sniper. It went beyond telling the stories of them back home. The movie got them talking and opening up. In the process, hearing the struggles of the elite, the rest of the veterans may begin to finally see that PTSD has nothing to do with lack of training, lack of courage or anything else they are lacking. It has more to do with what they have an abundance of, and that begins with their strength and courage while still being just human.

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