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Local Veterans react to Fort Hood tragedy


SHERMAN, TX -- The tragedy at Fort Hood has received reaction from around the world and locally, veterans say they are both shocked and saddened by this event.

"All of these members here, they are members that have fought..." said Commander, Ray Flood at the VFW post in Sherman while holding back tears.

Flood and fellow veterans lowered the flags at the post to half staff just after 5 o'clock in the evening.

They say what is most difficult is having something like this happen within the confines of American borders.

"It's bad enough that people are fighting  and dying overseas, but to have it here at our soil, in our fort's... that's something else," said Veteran Larry Harding who fought in Veitnam in the late 1960s and early 1970s.

Other veterans say to have this allegedy carried out by one of their own is like breaking a bond.

"You know their families and you also know that when you step out there in the line of fire, they're going to cover your back," said former Chaplain at the VFW post in Sherman.

And Commander Flood had a few last words. "Young people that's going over seas to defend our country and for something like this to happen on our soil..."


Ashley Conroy, KTEN.