Saturday, December 5, 2009

Fort Hood survivors to Afghanistan

The day after arriving at Fort Hood, Army reservists dedicated to counseling troubled soldiers in war zones were overcome with their own grief.

Nearly a fourth of the Wisconsin-based 467th Medical Detachment's soldiers died or were injured in the shooting rampage last month at the sprawling Texas post. The accused gunman, Army psychiatrist Maj. Nidal Hasan, was supposed to deploy with the unit. . . .

The 43 members of the Army Reserve combat stress unit were deploying to Afghanistan on Friday. They arrived at a post chapel before dawn. Minutes later, led by a soldier carrying the unit's flag, they boarded a bus for transport to the airport.

Department of Defense officials decided only recently that the unit would deploy as originally scheduled.

They're sending the survivors of this massacre to Afghanistan.

That's inexcusable.

Why would they do such a terrible thing to these young boys and girls?

And with President Obama's announcement that he will send 30,000 more U.S. troops to Afghanistan by next fall, "we're needed there more than ever," Suttinger said.

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