Army promises changes after Vanessa Guillen’s murder

Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy said a review of the culture at Fort Hood will help identify and fix the "root causes" that have led to violent acts at the base.
2:17 | 08/07/20

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the latest on the death of army specialist Vanessa Guillen in ft. Hood, Texas. The army is promising to make enduring changes after the 20-year-old's murder there but her sisters are saying too little, too late. Will reeve has more. Good morning. Ryan Mccarthy was at ft. Hood to emphasize a review of the Guillen and the allegedly toxic culture. The army secretary said it was a catalyst highlighting sexual assault within the military. The secretary of the army speaking candidly about the murder of Vanessa Guillen. We are incredibly disappointed and that we vow for the rest of our time in service and our life to prevent these types of acts and to find out how we can prevent them from the future. Reporter: Secretary of the army Ryan Mccarthy visiting ft. Hood where Guillen was serving when she was murdered by a fellow soldier. Vanessa is our teammate and we let her down. We let her family down and it hurts. Reporter: Her family says she was being sexually harassed but didn't report it out of fear of retribution. One harassment and one assault is one too many. Reporter: Now secretary Mccarthy promising to investigate the culture on one of the world's largest military institutions. The numbers are high here. They are the highest since most cases for sexual assault and murders for our entire formation of the U.S. Army. Reporter: After his visit, Guillen's sisters tell our Houston station krta it's too little, too late. It's really hard. Especially today we got all of her belongings back. So it takes us back. Reporter: Now demanding a detailed account of what happened to their sister. When and who knew what. They also want federal law changed to allow service members to report abuse to the third party agency. We tried not to let so many emotions to get in between what we have to do to honor our sister. Reporter: The legislation trying to change that law is called the I am Vanessa Guillen bill. The Guillen family plans to hold a rally at ft. Hood this afternoon. Will, thank you so much.

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