Military Tick-Tock

  • Share
  • Read Later

Reconstructing how, and perhaps why, something happened is one of the most rewarding kinds of reporting. It’s called a tick-tock in the trade. Nancy Gibbs and I do it in this week’s Time, retracing the lives and military careers of Army captains Michael McCaddon and Ian Morrison to try and shine a light on what drives soldiers to suicide.

Greg Barnes and Drew Brooks do a fine job on the same sort of assignment in Sunday’s Fayetteville Observer: tracing the lives of a pair of Fort Bragg soldiers – Lieut. Colonel Roy Tisdale and Specialist Ricky Elder — whose lives ultimately exploded into a murder-suicide on June 28. Such stories are grim, to be sure. Unfortunately, ignoring them won’t make them go away.


Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 4,891 other followers