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Mental Health of Veterans

Kermit Washington, 53, has been charged with killing his parents in the southside Chicago home the family shared. Police say Washington shot his parents on Tuesday night and then walked into the Jesse Brown VA Medical Center and fired a shot into the ceiling of the hospital's emergency room. Washington then barricaded himself in an ER room where he remained for nearly seven hours. According to reports, the former Marine admitted to the killings and told hospital staff he was there to seek help. The questions surrounding Washington's mental health and what could have led him to these events led us to Dr. Daniel Luchins. He's a visiting associate professor of psychiatry at the University of Illinois-Chicago and he discusses the state of mental health and treatment of our nation's troops and veterans.

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