They hired Spokane Attorney Matt Crotty to help them find more about theirdaughter’s death. Bernie Fritz, a casualty assistance representative at FairchildAir Force Base, also helped them search.
“[I wasn’t] 100 percent sure that Kelsey committed suicide on June 9, 2011.But if they can show me something that convinces me, I’ll accept that. I thinksomebody killed her or she killed herself over something horrible,” Sue Andersonsaid. “And besides, we can’t be the only people in America who are going throughsomething like this. They just can’t keep doing this. Maybe we can stop it.”
A week before the Inlander published the story, however, theAndersons got a call from the Air Force chief of staff, telling them to expectanswers sooner rather than later.
Now, the Associated Press reports, those answershave come.Mental health concerns had been looming for some time for Kelsey. She wasdeeply unhappy with her assignment in Guam. Seeking an assignment closer to home, she toldothers that her mother had cancer, even though her mother didn’t. She’d beentemporarily stripped of her weapon privileges. She was referred to counseling.She was put on suicide watch.
Now, the questions are less about what happened to Kelsey Andersonand more about how the Air Force responded. Why was her service revolver givenback to her a month before she shot herself? Why weren’t her parents contacted?Why wasn’t she given more help?
“The girl was having problems,” Chris Anderson told the AssociatedPress. “She needed help. “