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BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — Massachusetts Congressman and Democratic presidential candidate Seth Moulton opened up about his post-traumatic stress from his tours of duty in Iraq.
On CNN’s “State of the Union,” Moulton talked about one incident that occurred several days into the invasion when a troop of marines shop up some cars heading away from Baghdad.
“In at least one car was an Iraqi family just fleeing the violence,” Moulton said. “There was a boy, probably about five years old, lying in the middle of the road — wounded and writhing in pain. And at that moment, I made one of the most difficult decisions of my entire life, which was to drive around that boy and keep pressing the attack. Because the stop would have stopped the entire battalion’s advance, it would have endangered the lives dozens, if not hundreds, of marines. But, there is nothing I wanted to do more at that moment than just get out of my armored vehicle and help that little kid.”
Moulton said the incident deeply affected him after returning home.
“And there is a time when I got back from the war when I couldn’t get through a day without thinking about that 5-year-old boy and leaving him in the middle of the road,” Moulton said.
Last week, Moulton released a plan that would require mental health check-ups for active-duty military and veterans to deal with PTSD.