Local Veteran Talks About His Own PTSD, His Time at Fort Hood

Published 04/03 2014 06:09PM

Updated 04/03 2014 06:15PM

By Monica Yantosh

LUBBOCK, TX -- A local veteran talks about his own experience with post traumatic stress disorder, as well as the time he spent in the past at Fort Hood.

"It was kinda frustrating because no body could get a hold of anybody and finally later on last night we were able to contact everybody and make sure everybody was alright," John Reynolds said.

Reynolds now lives in Brownfield, though he has spent time in Fort Hood, both as a child, and an adult. He went to high school on the base, and then spent three of his nine and a half years in the service based out of Fort Hood.

"You go in the military and you meet up with everybody and stuff and everybody becomes like brothers or sisters," Reynolds said.

Army officials said the 34 year old suspect in Wednesday's shooting, Ivan Lopez, recently saw a psychiatrist to be evaluated for post traumatic stress disorder.

"I have PTSD. I go to the VA, I see the VA every three months for counselors and stuff and I deal with it through that," Reynolds said, also saying his family supports him.

'A lot of people have anger toward him and everything, I can't help but to kinda sympathize, he's gone over to Iraq, fought for his country, comes back, nobody goes over there and comes back the same," Reynolds said.

Reynolds also said he hopes what happened at Fort Hood Wednesday could help to bring attention to those in the military who need help.

"They need to stop and think about the soldier's well being as for their own well being to make sure the soldiers are actually fit mentally, besides physically to continue on with their deployment," Reynolds said.

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