Fort Hood Memorial Set for Tuesday

November 9, 2009 12:00:00 AM PST
Tuesday, Fort Hood, Texas, will hold a Memorial Service to the victims of last week's deadly attack. Members of the Central Christian Church placed crosses, American flags, and roses in front of the church in remembrance of those killed. Nearly half of the 30 people wounded in the shooting have been released from area hospitals. The focus will now be on healing. Meanwhile, Congress has joined the massive investigation. For victims of Thursday's massacre at fort hood, recovery is a long way away.

Pat Ziegler's son, Staff Sergeant Patrick Ziegler, was shot in the head and survived.

"He just remembers getting hit and hitting the ground and reaching up and feeling his head," said Pat, "I don't know if he's going to be able to stay in the Army. I don't know if he's, we don't know. And right now we're concerned with six months and a year from now."

There is growing concern over whether the alleged gunman, Major Nidal Hasan, even belonged in the military. Senator Joe Lieberman (I) is calling for congress to investigate. "If Hasan was showing signs, saying to people that he had become an Islamism extremist, the U.S. Army has to have zero tolerance. He should have been gone."

But the Army psychiatrist's colleagues said he showed no outward signs of instability.

"He was a dedicated and hardworking provider in my institution. He was somebody who did a very good job for us," said Dep. Comdr of Clinical Services Kimberly Kesling.

With so many questions and so few answers, soldiers are turning to each other for strength.

"It's like a giant family. When ah, we get, when anything like this happens we just get stronger we become better united; together," said injured soldier Joseph Foster.

Preparations are underway at Fort Hood for Tuesday's memorial service. The president and first lady are planning to attend.

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