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Congressmen address mental health and guns on post

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FORT HOOD - After a long week for Fort Hood, two local Congressmen wanted to address the shooting and answer questions on soldier’s mental heath and safety on post.

Congressman John Carter and Roger Williams covered a lot of topics but they focused on the time they spent with survivors, the importance of mental heath and the right to carry on post.

Standing outside of Fort Hood, Congressman Williams called for the Army to have better mental health training and screening for soldiers.

"We have to probably do a better job of reaching out to our young men and women coming back from harms way and letting them know that we are there for them and let them know that we love them and let them talk about any issues they may have,” says Williams.  

With mental health in the spotlight, it also brings Fort Hood's gun-free policy into question.

Proponents argue soldiers have the right to defend themselves. Carter says he's all for it if that's what the army wants.

“I support completely the right to carry a concealed weapon permit,” says carter. “However, just like you have the right to tell someone who has the right to carry not to come in the presence of your family, the army has the right to say they don’t want people carrying in front of their family."

Williams says it's a conversation that needs to be had. Both agree something needs to be done to ensure soldiers safety.

“The man who wears your uniform is your battle buddy. You’re supposed to be able to trust them,” says Carter. “When you get shot by one of your own wearing your uniform it’s a punch in the kidneys for every soldier in America because they think in terms of this challenges what we as warriors think and the way we’re supposed to behave. We’re supposed to cover each others backs.”

They also visited some of the injured soldiers and spoke very highly of their sacrifice.

"They embody the values of the soldier’s creed. They never quit; never accept defeat and they are the guardians of our freedom and the American way of life.”
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