7 News Exclusive: Fort Drum Shooting Victim Speaks Out
On May 18, police were called to the home of Sergeant Jason Seeds on Fort Drum, where he allegedly shot his wife in the head and back.
Seeds' wife also said, "I'm not resentful. I'm not angry. I'm angry it was let to happen. That's what my issue is. This could have been prevented."
Spokesperson Julie Cupernall said the Army encourages soldiers in need to seek mental health treatment.
She called allegations that the military separates mentally ill soldiers from the Army "dangerous misinformation."
In a prepared statement, Cupernall wrote: "Mental health care is complex and unique based on the individual needs of the Soldier. While we cannot comment on any specific medical needs of any of our Soldiers, it's important to note that it should never be used as a rationale for violence. We have many opportunities for Soldiers to self refer for help and also provide training to all levels of the chain of command to recognize the warning signs of extreme stress. As with any incident of this nature we are conducting a thorough investigation in an effort to fully understand the circumstances that led to this family's crisis and continue to support the family with all available resources."
Thursday, July 31, 2014, Watertown, NY