For the second time in five years, Ft. Hood has been the location for a mass killing. Yesterday, a Iraq war veteran opened fire on the Texas base and killed three people and injured sixteen before turning the gun on himself and also dying.
The gunman served for four months in Iraq and had previously sought help for depression. He had been undergoing tests to determine whether he suffered from PTSD. The gunman was married and had been at Ft. Hood since February. He was taking medication and there are reports he suffered from a massive brain injury but the military says he was never wounded in action.
I'm wondering why a soldier who suffered from depression and was taking medication to possibly treat that depression had access to guns. I feel like this is going to be something we see repeated over time as these veterans enter civilian life after being involved in combat and there needs to be better treatment options available to them and for their claims to be taken seriously. Too often I think it is seen as an excuse and not something that needs to be treated.