Fort Hood's shocking string of 28 deaths being investigated by Congress

CONGRESS is looking into the mysterious disappearances, deaths and sexual assaults of soldiers at Fort Hood after 28 soldiers stationed at the Texas army base died this year alone.

The move is led by Representatives Stephen Lynch (D-Mass) and Jackie Speier (D-Calif), chairs of the Committee on Oversight and Reform's Subcommittee on National Security and Committee on Armed Services' Subcommittee on Military Personnel respectively.

The two politicians sent a letter to Army Secretary Ryan D. McCarthy demanding documents and information on the deaths – as well as a run down of Fort Hood leadership response following each death.

The representatives outlined an investigation the two subcommittees will lead to see if recent deaths "may be symptomatic of underlying leadership, discipline and morale deficiencies throughout the chain-of-command."

Between 2014 and 2019, there was an average of 129 felonies committed annually at Fort Hood according to Army data referenced in the letter.

Some of the felonies included homicide, sexual assault, kidnapping, robbery and aggravated assault.

The letter specifically referenced high-profile cases involving soldiers who died at the base.

The list includes Specialist Vanessa Guillen, who federal officials say was bludgeoned to death in April by a fellow soldier, and Private Gregory Morales, who had gone missing in August 2019. His remains were found in June while searching for Guillen.

The letter also made reference to Private Mejhor Morta, who was found drowned in a lake, and Sergeant Elder Fernandes, who was found hanging in a tree the medical examiner determined to be a suicide.

The letter also referenced ongoing investigations into the homicides of Private Brandon Scott Rosecrans, Specialist Freddy Delacruz Jr. and Specialist Shelby Tyler Jones.

The two representatives in the letter alleged the Army Secretary stated Fort Hood had the "highest, the most cases for sexual assault and harassment and murders for our entire formation of the US Army" during a visit to Texas in August.

The representatives said they would bring back any findings to the families of the dead soldiers, "who may have been failed by a military system and culture that was ultimately responsible for their care and protection."

Guillen's family in one such family who has taken to rallying at the White House in calling for a congressional investigation into the U.S. Army Base. Guillen's family lawyer Natalie Khawam said it's about time Congress is acting.

"Our soldiers and their families deserve the truth," Khawam said.

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