Congressional hearings will be held today on recommendations at Fort Hood, where Vanessa Guillen was killed nearly a year ago.
- Today, Vanessa Guillen's family may finally learn whether the army will make changes in the wake of her death. Lawmakers in Washington are expected to release recommendations after a year-long study, and our Charlie Edsitty looking live ahead today. Charlie, good morning.
CHARLIE EDSITTY: Good morning, Tom. Yes, the focus of today's hearings is to take a closer look at the Army's criminal investigative division, trying to figure out ways that they can improve their work and what they're doing there. And this, of course, all because of the gruesome death of Vanessa Guillen that happened last year. And so Vanessa's death, it happened almost a year ago, believe it or not, back on April 22. And her family since then has been very vocal and very critical of how they say the army handled the initial reports of her disappearance and the investigation that followed.
They say not enough was done. A lot more light has been shed on what was going on with Vanessa leading up to her disappearance, including allegations of sexual harassment happening at Fort Hood which then led to some very serious questions about the overall safety on the base and also safety of the soldiers. Well today, members of an independent review committee will be giving an update on what changes have been made since and what else needs to be done.
And Vanessa's story, of course, has angered so many with strong calls for change coming from members of the community as well as elected officials like Congresswoman Sylvia Garcia.
SYLVIA GARCIA: There definitely seems to be something in the water at Fort Hood. There has just been too many soldiers that have gone missing. There's been too many soldiers that have ultimately died. There's too many soldiers that it looks like make complaints and then nothing happens.
CHARLIE EDSITTY: Right, and those comments from Garcia coming from last September. And so there have been some changes that have been made already at Fort Hood, and leadership right now we're working through a list of 70 different recommendations that have been made for improvements. Some of the things that have been implemented already-- the creation of a female mentorship program, as well as training for soldiers to better identify the warning signs of sexual misconduct. We're in Houston. Charlie Edsitty, ABC 13 Eyewitness News.