Military To Probe Mental Health Care

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

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Wednesday, May 13, 2009

The U.S. military command has launched an investigation into whether it offers adequate mental health care to its soldiers.

The probe comes a day after a sergeant finishing up his third tour of Iraq allegedly shot and killed five comrades at a clinic on a U.S. base.

Sgt. John M. Russell, 44, of Sherman, Texas, was taken into custody outside a mental health clinic at Camp Liberty following Monday's shooting. He's charged with five counts of murder and one of aggravated assault.

Russell's father says he's convinced that counselors "broke" his son.

Wilburn Russell tells reporters his son, Sgt. John Russell, was treated poorly at the stress center where the shootings took place.

The case has cast a spotlight on combat stress and emotional problems resulting from frequent deployments to battle zones in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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