WRIGHT STATE UNIVERSITY, Ohio (WDTN)– As those at Fort Hood try to come to terms with a second shooting, one man expects similar scenes to play out at other installations.
“We are going to see more of this unfortunately,” says Dr. Larry James, an expert on military psychology.
Dr. James is an Associate Vice-President for Military Affairs at Wright State University.
He’s also a retired army colonel who’s served 10 tours and seen countless cases involving military men and women.
He says we’re seeing the consequences of the country fighting wars on two fronts for more than a decade.
“Most of us adjust and adapt quite well when we get back home but some of these great men and women struggle psychologically or physically when they get back,” Dr. James says.
Dr. James believes the military needs to do a better job of identifying those who might have issues before they enter the armed forces and of helping those who develop problems.
“That person who’s really struggling gets lost in the shuffle,” Dr. James says.
Dr. James says one problem is that he doesn’t think there are enough psychiatrists in the military, particularly at places where troops are returning from deployments.