General: Wash. base deals with PTSD sufficiently

By MIKE BAKER | March 16, 2012 | 6:15 PM EDT

JOINT BASE LEWIS-McCHORD, Wash. (AP) — A top military commander speaking at the base of the soldier suspected of killing 16 Afghan civilians says the Army is adequately dealing with mental health and other issues related to multiple deployments.

General David M. Rodriguez, commanding general of U.S. Army Forces Command, said at Joint Base Lewis-McChord on Friday the massacre was a "tragedy" and the military would hold people accountable. A Seattle lawyer for the suspect said his client was injured twice during his three previous deployments to Iraq and didn't want to go to Afghanistan.

Rodriguez said there was "sufficient screening" for post-traumatic stress disorders at Lewis-McChord, which has made news because of repeated violent incidents. In the most high-profile case, four soldiers were convicted in the deliberate thrill killings of three Afghan civilians in 2010.