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Fort Hood Gunman Did Not See Combat in Iraq Tour

Posted by on Apr. 3, 2014 at 12:15 PM
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Does it really matter what caused him to snap? People snap all the time, we need to be able to defend ourselves from those who do.
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The soldier who shot three people to death at Fort Hood apparently did not see combat during a tour in Iraq three years ago but was clearly troubled, under treatment for depression and anxiety and being evaluated for post-traumatic stress disorder.

As authorities tried to piece together a motive on Thursday for the rampage, a picture began to emerge of the gunman, identified as Spc. Ivan Lopez, 34, a married father who transferred from another base in Texas in February.

Lopez served eight years in the Army National Guard in Puerto Rico before enlisting in the Army in June 2008, military officials told the Senate on Thursday. He was assigned to Fort Bliss, Texas, before transferring to Fort Hood 2 months ago.


 
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Ednarooni160
by on Apr. 3, 2014 at 12:23 PM

Glad to see this got posted...better than what I could do..thanks!!  :  )

Analeigh2012
by Silver Member on Apr. 3, 2014 at 12:48 PM

My stepson didn't see combat in Iraq either.  He wasn't in combat in Afghanistan the 2 times he was there.  He saw plenty of death, destruction and horrid conditions.  While on the phone with me at a FOB, I heard an explosion and the line went dead.  3 days later I heard from him, still crying uncontrollably.  A device was thrown over the wall and his closest friend was blown to pieces not 30 yards away.  He believes he has PTSD.  Believed it while there and when he returned.  He is still waiting for treatment.  The lists are long, the care is not enough due to cutbacks.  

My heart breaks for every returning service member and their families.  They all need love and understanding and care.  It doesn't negate his actions.  But if the help and care were better, if their "wounds" are not labeled correctly that they get the care they need, we may continue to see these incidents.  

As an Army Mom, I blame the Administration.  These deaths were preventable.  Such a shame.

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