I’ve heard the name of the shooter at Ft. Hood many, many times since the shooting. I’ve heard speculation on the why. I’ve read humanizing pieces about who he is and what a good person he was perceived to be until the day he opened fire in a sea of innocent people who had sworn to protect this country.
But here’s the thing. Though perhaps the case could be made that he had been ‘victimized’, he wasn’t the victim that day. He was the perpetrator. 13 people DIED at his hands. 38 more were wounded. His was an act of evil against the very people he pledged to serve.
They were men and women of honor, willing to give the ultimate sacrifice for this country. They were in the midst of preparing to leave their famlies to serve this country. Others there that day were taking the last steps to get boxes checked off before a well-deserved respite after having come back from a war zone. They were targeted at the very vulnerable and almost sacred times of preparation that precede or follow a deployment.
THEY need to be honored. THEY need to be remembered.
The thirteen who gaves their lives in service to their nation were:
Lieutenant Colonel Juanita L. Warman, 55, of Havre De Grace, Maryland.
Major Libardo Caraveo, 52, of Woodbridge, Virginia.
Captain John P. Gaffaney, 54, of San Diego, California.
Captain Russell Seager, 41, of Racine, Wisconsin.
Chief Warrant Officer, Retired, Michael Cahill of Cameron, Texas.
Staff Sergeant Justin Decrow, 32, of Plymouth, Indiana.
Sergeant Amy Krueger, 29, of Kiel, Wisconsin.
Specialist Jason Hunt, 22, of Tillman, Oklahoma.
Specialist. Frederick Greene, 29, of Mountain City, Tennesee.
Specialist Kham Xiong, 23, of St. Paul, Minnesota.
Pfc. Aaron Nemelka, 19, of West Jordan, Utah.
Pfc. Michael Pearson, 22, of Bolinbrook, Illinois.
Private Francheska Velez, 21, of Chicago, Illinois.
**And my thanks to Proud Liberal Army Wife for reminding me of how important it is to speak and write and honor these names.**