Halloween is about dressing up as someone different. However, I was disheartened that some find it humorous to parade around as Iraqis with fake bombs strapped to their chests.
This disrespects and hurts veterans who have served and sacrificed in Iraq, and who perhaps witnessed unpleasant events involving this very "costume."
As an Operation Iraqi Freedom veteran and a mental health professional serving veterans, I was saddened by the lack of respect and regard for our service members that this costume presented, even if it was Halloween. More disturbing, one individual wearing this costume represented a popular radio station.