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Fort Hood Shooting Renews Attention To Mental Health Services

Monday, April 07, 2014

The investigation into last week’s shooting at Fort Hood continues. Authorities say Spc. Ivan Lopez killed three soldiers and wounded 16 others at the Army post, before killing himself last Wednesday.

Lopez was being treated for depression and anxiety issues and had been arguing with the Army about benefits, including time off last year to attend his mother’s funeral.

But it’s not clear why he bought a gun and decided to use it. The shooting is raising new questions about mental health care for soldiers and veterans.

Derek Bennett, the chief of staff at Iraq And Afghanistan Veterans Of America, joins Here & Now’s Robin Young to discuss ongoing efforts to improve mental health services for members of the military.

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  • Derek Bennett, chief of staff, Iraq And Afghanistan Veterans Of America.
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