Veterans React to Fort Hood Shooting

STAUNTON, Va. (WHSV) -- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and mental health are again back in the spotlight after Wednesday's shooting.

Reports are showing the Fort Hood shooter was receiving treatment for PTSD as well as depression and anxiety.

Thursday morning, one local veteran said based on this information, the shooting could not have been predicted.

Mac McCauley, the commander of the VFW post in Staunton, served in Vietnam and has helped men dealing with PTSD. He said nowadays the issue is evolving.

"Post-Vietnam was a little bit different because we knew where the enemy was. We knew who we were...fighting against. It's a different kind of warfare that we're seeing now," said McCauley

McCauley said Wednesday, Ivan Lopez, the shooter, had had enough of his suffering.

"This young Army specialist, obviously hit his breaking point yesterday," said McCauley.

McCauley said the tragedy could not have been prevented.

"There is no medical community that I am aware of that can predict what happened at Fort Hood," said McCauley.

PTSD is a growing problem and McCauley said one of the best ways to take on the issue is to raise awareness of it.

McCauley said later in June the VFW post in Satunton will hold a forum dealing with the issue of PTSD. It will be the fourth year the forum has been held.


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