The Ft. Hood Shootings and Questions Concerning PTSD…

by | Apr 13, 2014

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Ft. Hood Shootings Interview with PTSD experts… click here for informative video clip…ABC Action News quote…

“TAMPA – The recent shooting at Fort Hood military base has raised several conversations about Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and the effects it has on a person, specifically someone in the military.

The shooter, Spc. Ivan Lopez, was believed to have had PTSD, even though authorities are saying that was not the driving factor that lead to the mass shooting Wednesday.

Dr. Diego Hernandez is currently working on a special program with University of South Florida that focuses treating PTSD within former service members. Through the program they aim to resolve traumatic memories through methods of relaxation.

Hernandez joined ABC Action News’ John Thomas in studio Sunday morning to discuss the mental illness and what resources are available to those who suffer from it.

Joining him was former Army member Tony Williams Jr. who served at Ft. Hood. Now he runs Veterans Counseling Veterans. Also Ana Aluis, a former marine and President elect of Suncoast Mental Health Counselors Association, attended providing additional insight on local programs that are available during the discuss.”


Treatment must start long before a soldier or trauma victim is left to struggle with the symptoms of PTSD on their own.  Most who wait eventually seek treatment, but it can be decades of emotional pain, and in the worst case, suicide.  Those who screen and provide counseling and treatment for PTSD must be highly sensitive to potential triggers that can cause a person to act out.  Soldiers and 1st responders believe “empathy” from family members and
loved ones help them heal…  Empathy is absolutely critical in the prevention of violence connected with victims of trauma!  Friends, loved ones, and care givers with awareness and a sensitive heart can make a big difference in helping trauma victims ease the pain and seek a path of healing…

Click on this video clip and listen to the experts answer questions about how you can help make a difference and potentially mitigate violence or save a life…  Awareness is the first step in the process of healing from the painful symptoms of PTSD.

Steve Sparks, Author, My Journey of Healing in Life After Trauma, Part 1 and Reconciliation: A Son’s Story…

About the author

Steve Sparks is a retired information technology sales and marketing executive with over 35 years of industry experience, including a Bachelors’ in Management from St. Mary’s College. His creative outlet is as a non-fiction author, writing about his roots as a post-WWII US Navy military child growing up in the 1950s-1960s.
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