Soldier's death at Ft. Hood highlights trend - WNEM TV 5

Soldier's death at Ft. Hood highlights trend

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Pvt. Robert Jeffrey Snear Pvt. Robert Jeffrey Snear

August 9. That's the day Jean Snear said her life changed forever.

"I still don't go through a day without losing it," Jean Snear said.

It's the day she found out she'd have to bury her son, private Robert Snear, stationed at Fort Hood, Texas. 

"He was the best son one could have," she said said.

TV5 was there as the Snear family laid Robert to rest.

But little did they know there were lingering questions just below the surface.

The death of Robert Snear hit the small community of Coleman very hard, but the family is still craving answers.

"Somebody needs to get in there and find out what's going on. There's something going on in there and it's being covered up," Jean Snear said.

Shesaid her son's untimely passing is suspicious.

The grieving Midland County mother said the Army has provided little in the way of details about her son's non-combat related death.

But as it turns out she might not be alone in her devastation.

There is a rising number of non-combat related deaths in the last two years, many of which don't list a clear cause of death in public news releases.

Even forums online about the Army post comments about the rash of deaths.

Is there a pattern at Fort Hood or is it just a rash of unconnected occurrences resulting in the deaths of young service men and women?

"It's not a coincidence that that many young soldiers would die on that base in such a short time," Jean Snear said.

At least one person doesn't think the death numbers are that dramatic.

Clinical psychologist Dr. Justin D'Arienzo, who treated active duty soldiers for years, said overall, non-combat related deaths in the military may actually be down.

He feels that since deaths on the battlefield have decreased as the country has scaled back on the wars overseas, the deaths at home look more severe.

"There are fewer people dying because of combat related injuries now, so it looks like there is an uptick," D’Arienzo said.

The Army, for their part, isn't giving TV5 much information either.

The only information about Pvt. Snear's death they could provide was an August press release which said he was found unresponsive in his barracks and that the circumstances of his death were under investigation.

Jean Snear said she hasn't even received much of her son's personal belongings back yet. She says the wait, which could take up to six months, only causes her agony to be prolonged.

"The Army's the Army and they're doing the investigation. They're only going to tell me what they want me to know," she said.

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