Thursday, November 5, 2009

Tragedy at Ft Hood

I'm sure you've all heard of the tragic shootings that took place today at Ft. Hood, Texas. My prayers go out to all the soldiers and their families affected by this. My oldest son is stationed there, and he called earlier today to let all of us know he's okay. And we've been fielding calls all afternoon from family members who are worried about Joshua.

And then, on the news, I heard that one of the shooters was an army physician - a mental health specialist - who was afraid to deploy. Now I don't blame anybody for not wanting to deploy - not for one second. But how in the world do you justify taking the lives of the soldiers who are just as frightened as you are? Especially when you are a medical professional who is charged with protecting those soldiers?

The truth is, it makes me angry, and the more I think of it, the more angry I get. I could just scream! How dare he hurt - kill - the people he had promised to protect? As an officer and a physician, his mission was clear. I just don't understand how someone could veer that far off course.

And I'm left back where I started, praying for the young men and women who have been affected by this dereliction of duty, and for their families who may, even now, be awaiting word of their loved one's fate. And shaking my head at the madness.

7 comments:

Daisy said...

Terri, I did hear about this on the news. What a horrific thing to have happen for those stationed there and their families. I'm so glad to hear that your son is OK. Like you, though, I really feel for all those who have been affected by this. So sad.

Mildred said...

Terri, I am so thankful your son is safe. Nalley and I have been following this on the news. Like you, I am horrified by news of who the shooter alledgedly was. What a tragedy for these many families affected by this. Our prayers are with them.

Susie said...

It really is a sad situation. Glad your son is safe.

Lisa said...

I didn't even realize that your son could be there. I'm glad he is safe. It's a horrible tragedy and your right, he was there to help. Like someone said in the news, you expect this when your fighting the war, but not at home on your own turf. Very sad.

Amy said...

I just heard about this and immediately thought about you and your boys. I'm so glad that your son is ok.

DayPhoto said...

I so agree with you. The whole thing is horribly sad!

Linda
http://coloradofarmlife.wordpress.com/

Terri said...

Thank you, everyone - I am grateful for my son's safety and for all the friends and family who are there to support me - this means all of you, too! :)