Vet sentenced after threat to Fayetteville VA hospital

RALEIGH (WTVD) -- An Army combat veteran who threatened to shoot up the VA Hospital in Fayetteville and Fort Bragg was sentenced to three years on probation Thursday in Raleigh.

Ryan Broderick appeared in federal court in Raleigh Monday morning and pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge. He spent the past four months in jail while awaiting trial.

Broderick suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder after serving tours in Iraq and Afghanistan.

At his breaking point, he called the VA benefits hotline and told a counselor he'd get a gun and start shooting if he didn't get the help he needed.

"I don't feel like I'm a bad guy," Broderick said. "I served my country honorably. Got out honorably. I still serve in the reserves still and all I wanted was a little bit of help."

Broderick told ABC11 that he never would have carried out the threat.

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