California State Senator Bill Dodd says the still unidentified gunman was a former patient who was seeking treatment for post traumatic stress disorder. We found a Fresno military family who knows the heartbreak of PTSD after losing a loved one they say this attack in Napa is a reminder of just how serious the struggle can be.
Daniel Lorente paid close attention to the standoff at the veterans home in Napa. He’s devastated to hear the gunman may be a veteran with ties to a PTSD program.
“This is somebody who is obviously in a place that is specifically being treated for PTSD, so it’s heartbreaking to see it in that place, but I know it all too well,” said Lorente.
Lorente lost his brother Farrell in 2014 after he took his own life. He was a marine struggling with post traumatic stress disorder while dealing with life changing injuries suffered in Afghanistan.
“It’s heartbreaking to see and in my family’s case my brother decided he was done and it was in an instant when we thought he was doing fantastically well,” said Lorente.
Lorente says the scene in Napa reminds him about how volatile PTSD is.
“PTSD Can strike in various forms and ways that nobody can predict,” said Lorente.
Lorente’s brother had support from some of the nation’s most famous leaders, but he says the most important support is at home.
“You respect them as a soldier, but you also want to help them and let them know it’s ok to cry on a shoulder if they need that if that’s what it is,” said Lorente.
Meanwhile, security experts say this attack is another reminder of why we must protect ourselves at all costs.
“We never thought we’d reach the point in our lives where we have to worry about going to work, or putting a loved on in a vets home and have to worry about someone coming in there, but the people responsible for these positions, the key decision makers have to start thinking differently,” said Homeland Security Expert Mike Spicer.
In talking with Lorente he hopes lawmakers will do whatever it takes to put more money into research for PTSD. He says the only chance of stopping PTSD tragedies is to better understand them.