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Dad Of Road Rage Marine Says Son Is In Counseling (Video)


Dad of Road Rage Marine Interviewed

The father of a Camp Pendleton Marine whose road rage was caught on video has talked to "Inside Edition."

Dr. Peter Brightman said in an interview that his son, Sgt. Joshua Brightman, suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder triggered by two deployments to Afghanistan.

Dr. Brightman said the road rage incident prompted Sgt. Brightman to seek counseling for his issues.

Brightman said of his son's behavior on the video...

“I watched it yesterday for the first time and his behavior is totally inappropriate. What he told me afterwards is, ‘Dad, I just blacked out. I didn't know what I was doing." He was out of his mind.”

Camp Pendleton spokesman Sgt. Christopher Duncan told CNN last week that Sgt. Brightman under investigation for possible legal or administrative proceedings:

"...any further legal proceedings regarding this incident would be at the discretion of his unit, which is still gathering information."

As Home Post reported last week, a female Marine who is paralyzed from the waist down shot video of Brightman verbally attacking her and her caregiver brother after a fender bender on base. The video shows Brightman physically threatening the injured Marine's brother, using abusive and profane language, and kicking the vehicle in which the injured Marine and her brother are sitting.

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crismahn | April 11, 2013 at 12:59 p.m. ― 3 years, 11 months ago

I wonder how many innocent Iraqis and Afghans were roughed up or killed by Sgt Brightman for far less than what happened in this incident. For just not understanding or not moving fast enough while this immature little psycho was in their faces screaming at them in a language they didn't understand and pointing his weapon at them. Sadly, Sgt Brightman is the face of America that we are sending around the world to win hearts and minds in this misbegotten WOT. Any wonder that it isn't working? And don't any of you jarheads out there start in about how this guy isn't representative of the Corps. He is and you know it. The Marines don't promote guys to Sgt and award them medals for NOT fitting-in, do they?

BTW, what sort of doctor is Dr. Brightman? He doesn't sound like a shrink- the psycho-babble doesn't seem to roll smoothly from his tongue.

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moneil2012 | April 11, 2013 at 5:10 p.m. ― 3 years, 11 months ago

I feel sort of sorry for his dad and I thought he was brave to talk about it on camera although to some extent he is making excuses for his son's very bad behavior. But I mostly feel sorry for the son's wife. If he behaves like this on camera, imagine what he is capable of behind closed doors. It's pretty scarey actually. That said, it has to be pretty damn difficult for any soldier to adapt to the mundane activities of every day civilian life after being expected to behave defensively and aggressively when they are overseas in hostile situations - I mean their lives over there depend on it to a certain extent if you think about it. But I am not justifying his behavior. At the end of the day, he needs help and monitoring to ensure this doesnt escalate.

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georgesands | April 11, 2013 at 9:45 p.m. ― 3 years, 11 months ago

All marines need counseling. The ones that are good guys get stuck with guys like this. The marines teach them to cry PTSD to get away with everything. Thank goodness for the video or this guy would have just been promoted.
Look at what Camp Pendleton does to rapist, call them hero's.

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crismahn | April 12, 2013 at 1:03 p.m. ― 3 years, 11 months ago

BTW, Dr. Brightman is a Dentist.

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