Deaths of two Navajo soldiers at Fort Hood spark calls for answers over 28 fatalities near base

TWO Navajo soldiers have died at Fort Hood, adding to the long list of soldiers who have lost their lives at the Texas army base.

Army Specialist Miguel Yazzie died on July 2 and Private Carlton Chee died after collapsing during a training exercise on Sept. 2.

"There has been 28 soldiers who have lost their lives on the base and I'm sure the families want to know whats going on and happening on the base," said Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez.

Yazzie and Chee mark the 27th and 28th deaths at Fort Hood this year alone.

Yazzie's death is reportedly still under investigation.

According to Nez, the two soldier's families "have been left in limbo", Fox 11 reported.

"We wanted to get answers," he said. "The family members felt like the leadership in the Fort Hood Army Base in Fort Hood, Texas wasn't giving them the information they desired."

Last week, Congress announced it would investigate the mysterious disappearances, deaths and sexual assaults of soldiers at Fort Hood.


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.

In a letter, 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."

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.

"There are some questions being asked by family members who have lost loved ones," Nez added. "So I'm hoping we can all get answers for all the families that have questions and help them with some closure and of course some answers to what the have seen as very hush hush from the base."

Private Chee's family has started a GoFundMe to raise money in the wake of his death.

Fort Hood Army Base did not immediately respond to The Sun's request for comment.

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