Obama calls for increased support for mental health at Fort Hood memorial

Julia Brouillette

At a memorial service at the Fort Hood Army base Wednesday afternoon, President Barack Obama spoke about the recent shooting that left four dead — including the shooter — and more than a dozen injured, and called for increased support for Americans suffering from mental health issues.

“Part of what makes this so painful is we’ve been here before,” Obama said. “We cannot ever eliminate every risk, but, as a nation, we can do more to counsel those with mental health issues and to keep firearms out of the hands of those having such difficulties.”

Obama also offered words of support for the soldiers’ families.

“We hold each other up, we carry on and, with God’s amazing grace, we somehow bear the things unbearable,” Obama said. “This army and this nation stand with you for all these days to come.”