“People are either hardened to it or really sensitive about it.”
Fort Hood is one of the largest bases. At Shoemaker High School, for instance, 80 percent of the students have at least one parent in the military.
“We were expecting something like this to happen,” says Cynthia Thomas, director of Under the Hood, a military resisters’ café near the base. “With the multiple deployments, the lack of psychiatric care in huge numbers, this has been building.”