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Mental health help available for JBER soldiers

By KTVA CBS 11 News 4:55 PM April 3, 2014
ANCHORAGE –

The man suspected of killing three people and wounding others at Fort Hood in Texas Wednesday suffered from mental health issues, officials say.

Spc. Ivan Lopez, 34, took his own life after gunning down fellow soldiers. He had been under evaluation to determine if he suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder.

At Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, the Fort Hood shooting did not impact operations.

Security at the base was not heightened in the hours after the shooting, although the flag was at half-staff Thursday.

The base also provides mental health assessment and treatment through its hospital system.

For soldiers battling mental health issues, the Military Crisis Line is available for help. The number is 1-800-273-8255.

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