November 5, 2009

Tragic Day

My heart is broken over today's events at Ft. Hood. I am thinking constantly and praying about everyone there. How it must have felt to be on lock down. How families were/are grieving when they found out their loved one was one of the 12 dead or 31 injured. It literally makes my stomach turn to think about those soldiers who were either coming home from a deployment or getting ready to leave for one, but yet died at the hand of a fellow soldier. It's just about the most unnatural thing I can think of. These men have put their lives on the line in a foreign country, most more than once, and were breathing sighs of relief to be home and safe. It's just sickening. Being part of this community, I can say that being on post makes you feel safe. A lot of families chose to live on post, knowing that a possibility of a deployment will arise and being behind those gates surrounded by other soldiers and their families, just makes you feel much more secure. He took that away from us today.
I have to say that I'm glad he is alive. Everyone wants answers from him and I'm glad he's around to face the consequences of his horrible acts. I'm glad he wasn't able to take the cowardly way out.

7 comments:

JG said...

It's sickening. Absolutely sickening. Apparently he was already under investigation by the Army for possibly being unbalanced. And the things that are coming out about him....all I can say is, if THAT's the guy counseling returning soldiers at Walter Reed, no wonder we've had risings in PTSD.

Karren said...

I felt so sick to my stomach when I first heard about it. & You're right, most families live on the bases because it makes us feel safe (especially during a deployment).. that's why I live on one... But that feeling of security was taken away from me today.

Shannon said...

Ugh..I have 2 girlfriend's there with their husbands..all are safe, thank the Lord! I have just been so torn up about this..it almost doesn't seem possible! And I could not agree more with you about "safety" on post. We currently live on post and I didn't even consider anything harming happening here...now that has completely changed.

Steph said...

What you said is exactly true. I always thought of being on post as being safe. Its unfair and sickening that that was taken away from so many people.

The Neffs said...

I appreciate your post. Although I am not stationed at Fort Hood. My heart goes out to all those soldiers and family members affected by this horrible event. It is nice to know that with all we hear in the news people are still affected. I am glad to know you and myself still feel for others when we see them in pain or hurting. I don't think a lot of people are like that anymore. I agree with your post I feel very safe and secure living on post. It makes me sad that horrible tragedys such as this put a negative view on all the good our soldiers do. So many people think oh, well just another soldier gone crazy...When really there are so many good soldiers. I like your post. Have a great weekend!

Carrie said...

I just posted about this too. It seems we're on the same page here. I'm so glad he's still alive to answer for what he's done. It would seem like he was getting off a little too easy if he just slipped away quietly in the hospital. :/

Crazy Shenanigans said...

When I heard he was alive I was glad. He deserves the punishment for his actions.