New mental health screening that supporters say could help stem the high rate of military suicides or even stop shooting rampages passed the House on Thursday as part of the massive 2015 defense budget.
The new refiling points to several multi-million dollar contracts The Experts has had with U.S. Special Operations Command and U.S. Central Command and a $68 million contract Hewlett-Packard had with SOCOM.
Spc. Ivan A. Lopez's rampage brings to at least nine the number of fatal criminal shootings at U.S. bases since 2008 -- the same year the number of troops in Iraq reached a peak, and we were simultaneously fighting another war in Afghanistan.
The assailant rolled his 18-wheeler onto Norfolk Naval Station Monday night, waved through Gate 5 after showing his credentials. He parked near the piers and, using the same card, walked through a second manned checkpoint.