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Veteran Shares Struggle with PTSD in the Military

Authorities are investigating why Spc. Ivan Lopez, an Iraq war veteran, opened fire Wednesday at Fort Hood, killing three and wounding 16 others before turning the gun on himself.
Authorities are investigating why Spc. Ivan Lopez, an Iraq war veteran, opened fire Wednesday at Fort Hood, killing three and wounding 16 others before turning the gun on himself.

Lopez was treated at the base for anxiety and depression. He was also being evaluated for post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Fort Hood's commander said Friday that Lopez argued with his superiors shortly before the attack after they denied a leave request. In a family statement released Friday afternoon, the father of Ivan Lopez said, "My son must have not been in his right mind, he wasn't like that."

The tragedy has put greater attention on a struggle felt by so many war veterans, including Carlos Ackermann. The Iraq and Afghanistan veteran shared his struggle with PTSD. 

If you or a loved one is struggling with trauma or PTSD.. the contact number for the Fort Wayne V.A. Hospital is 1-800-360-8387. To register with the V.A., all you need is a copy of your DD214 plus your health insurance card if you have one.

For more information about PTSD, visit the VA website at ptsd.va.gov.
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