#TellUsHowYouReallyFeel: Is America Doing Enough To Treat Those Who Serve In The Military When They Return From War?
A few weeks ago, Fort Hood gunman Ivan Lopez may have had angry words with fellow soldiers before opening fire on the military base and killing three, wounding 16 and then turning the gun on himself, an Army said officials. Lopez, an Army specialist from Puerto Rico who had been treated for mental problems, was stopped when a Military Police officer confronted him, her gun drawn. Otherwise, the massacre could’ve been far worse, said Army Lt. Gen. Mark Milley, who was unable to ascribe a motive to the shooting. Apparently Lopez had been distraught over the deaths of his mother and grandfather within a two-month period five months ago. Arlequin said that the Army initially denied Lopez permission to travel to Puerto Rico to attend his mother’s funeral, but later gave him 24 hours to attend which sent him a rampage. Lopez had been undergoing an assessment to determine whether he had post-traumatic stress disorder. According to officials, Lopez, who served in the Army for nine years, went on two deployments overseas — the first to Egypt in 2007 and the second to Iraq in 2011. Lopez was currently assigned to the 49th Transportation Battalion (Movement Control), 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary).
PTSD, or Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, is a psychiatric disorder that can occur following the experience or witnessing of a life-threatening events such as military combat, natural disasters, terrorist incidents, serious accidents, or physical or sexual assault in adult or childhood.
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