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Durbin focuses on mental health issues in military

U.S. Senator Dick Durbin is searching for ways to prevent more shootings on our nation’s military bases, like the one that unfolded recently at Fort Hood, Texas.

He chaired a hearing on Capitol Hill on Wednesday that focused on the Defense Department’s mental health programs.

Lieutenant General Patricia Horoho, Vice Admiral Matthew L. Nathan, Lieutenant General Thomas W. Travis, and Christopher Miller, of the Defense Healthcare Management System, were among those who testified.

“But last week’s tragedy shows us that even at one of the best military bases in the world, with a reputation for mental health excellence, there are problems that still exist,” said Durbin.

The U.S. Army says Specialist Ivan Lopez launched a shooting rampage at Fort Hood because the Army refused his request for time off.

It claims Lopez got into an argument with a superior, and then shot and killed three people before he committed suicide.

Lopez had received treatment for mental health problems.

WGN News Writer C. Hayes published this story.



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