Family of fallen soldier calls on military, government to do more for service members with PTSD
By: Casey Weldon
Posted: 7:10 AM
Last Updated: 1 hour and 40 minutes ago
No one is watching the trial of the U.S. Army officer accused of the mass shooting at Fort Hood closer than one local father who believes his son lost his life that day.
Maj. Nidal Hasan is accused of killing 13 people and wounding dozens more in the Nov. 5. 2009 attack in an attack on a U.S. military base in Texas.
Howard Berry, of Norwood, believes his son, Staff Sgt. Josh Berry, was wounded when the shooter opened fire inside a crowded medical building at the sprawling Army post in Texas.
While he was not one of the 13 soldiers who lost their lives or the 32 others who were struck by bullets, Josh Berry struggled through years of pain and suffering caused by the attack before he couldn't handle it anymore, family members said.
The Mason native committed suicide on Feb. 13, 2013, a result of years of post-traumatic stress caused by the Fort Hood shooting, according to his father.
Howard Berry knew soon after the attack that his son was a changed man. While it would be several years before he had to endure the pain of burying his son, he believes a part of his son died during the attack.
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