The gunman, who served in Iraq for four months in 2011, had been undergoing an assessment before the attack to determine if he had post-traumatic stress disorder, Milley said.
He arrived at Fort Hood in February from another base in Texas. He was taking medication, and there were reports that he had complained after returning from Iraq about suffering a traumatic brain injury, Milley said. The commander did not elaborate.
The gunman was never wounded in action, according to military records, and there was no indication the attack was related to terrorism, Milley said. His weapon had been recently purchased in the local area and was not registered to be on the base, Milley said.
Two things we have needed to take more seriously for a while now: mental health and the ease of purchasing firearms.
and there was no indication the attack was related to terrorism
Right. Because the only ways a soldier could come home from a shit war and commit an act of violence like this is a brain injury or because he was a terrorist. There’s, like, no way that he may have seen things that he couldn’t deal with. None at all. Nope. Those kinds of soldiers must have just fallen on their heads or be secret terrorists.
The reason terrorism was mentioned at all was because the previous Fort Hood shooting was done by a person who claimed to be involved with terrorists. This could have been handled better on all levels. The Army needs to make improvements in it’s Mental Health services. It doesn’t mean they don’t know what they are talking about in the aftermath.