Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, who allegedly killed 13 people and wounded 29 others during a shooting spree at Fort Hood in Texas last week, is an Army psychiatrist, trained in treating combat stress in soldiers. That has raised questions about how the job of counseling affects military health professionals. Olga Peña, managing editor of The Killeen Daily Herald, joins us with the latest from Fort Hood. Bret A. Moore is a clinical psychologist who served in Iraq for 27 months; he left the Army in 2008 for a number of reasons, among them the growing possibility of burnout. He says that mental health workers in the Army, like all soldiers, are not required to seek counseling, but they do have the choice to seek help if they wish. Nelson Ford is the CEO of LMI Consulting and a former undersecretary of the Army. He says the Army is doing a fine job of improving its response to mental health problems.
Army psychiatrist Major Nidal Malik Hasan is in custody in the hospital after allegedly opening fire on the Army base in Fort Hood, Texas. He killed 13 of his fellow soldiers and injured at least 30 others. The reasons behind the attack are still unknown, but the tragedy will undoubtedly have a lasting affect on the families stationed at Fort Hood.
We speak to Olga Peña, managing editor of the Killeen Daily Herald, for local reactions to the shooting. Andrew Pomerantz, associate professor psychiatry at Dartmouth Medical School, who works with soldiers recovering from post-traumatic stress, also joins us, along with Angela Huebner, associate professor in the Department of Human Development's Marriage and Family program at Virginia Tech. The three discuss the psychological effects of stress on military personnel and their families.
A press conference at Fort Hood Army Base in Texas answers some of the questions stemming from yesterday's tragic shooting on the base. Major Nidal Malik Hasan, an army psychiatrist, is suspected of gunning down his colleagues, killing 13 and wounding at least 30. Officials say Hasan walked into a military compound with two guns and opened fire yesterday afternoon. He was shot and is in critical condition. We also speak with Dr. Brian Aldred, the medical director at the Emergency Center at the Seton Hospital near Fort Hood, Texas, about his hospital's response to the tragedy. Finally, we speak with Olga Pena, the managing editor of the Killeen Daily Herald, who has been following this story.
Thirteen people are dead and 31 injured after a soldier went on a shooting spree at Fort Hood in Texas. The Army base was locked down for much of the afternoon as authorities tried to determine the series of events that lead the suspected shooter, Army psychiatrist Major Nadal Malik Hasan, to open fire on his colleagues. Hasan was injured after being shot by another soldier.
To help unravel the story, we talk to Olga Peña, managing editor of the Killeen Daily Herald, who has been covering the story. For a soldier's perspective, we speak with Naveed Ali Shah, a public affairs specialist with the U.S. Army who was stationed at Fort Hood from 2008 to 2009, and whose wife and son are still there. Shah is, himself, Muslim; he joined us from Iraq. We also spoke with Andrew Pomerantz, a professor of psychiatry at Dartmouth University, who has worked with veterans with PTSD for 35 years.