Kaine: Focus on military mental health

Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) on Sunday called on his colleagues in Congress to look at mental health issues in the military.

“We have to own the responsibility for providing the resources” to help those in the military recover after service, Kaine said on “Fox News Sunday.” Kaine is a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee.

“We in Congress shouldn’t stress them further” with “things like sequester” and other budget cuts, he said.

Kaine’s comments come after last week’s shooting at the Fort Hood military base in Texas. In that shooting, Spc. Ivan Lopez killed three and wounded 16 before taking his own life.

Kaine pointed to Facebook posts that Lopez had made in the days before the shooting that mentioned traumatic experiences from his time in the military.

“You read those and your heart sinks,” Kaine said.

During the same segment, Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Texas), chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, advocated for mental illness screenings for those entering the military.

“We’re good at healing broken bodies but not as good at healing broken minds,” he said.

Mental health screenings “would go a long ways with this mental health issue,” he said.

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