First and foremost my thoughts and prayers go out to all of those involved in the Fort Hood shooting today! This is such a tragedy and a horrible situation.
My brother has been stationed at Fort Hood and knew people on the base when the last shooting happened 4 years ago. He hasn't said much about the shooting today. It is so horrible honestly that we have to be scared for the safety of our service men and women while they are at home and on their bases.
As military siblings, parents, spouses, girlfriends/ boyfriends whatever we know the risks and we know the costs of war. Its a constant pain and fear...it never gets easier. This is a fear that we are used to having during a deployment, its not a fear we want to have or should have while our service member is home.
Sadly so many recent events are making it more and more difficult to feel like they are safe at home...Chris Kyle (Ret. Navy Seal sniper) was killed when he and a friend were helping a Marine with PTSD, the Fort Hood shooting in 2009, the recent shooting at the Naval yard, Chris Heben Ret. Navy Seal who was recently shot and had to chase his attackers and when a member of the 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) was killed by a fellow soldier in 2012. This is just some of many.
I'm really not sure what to say about this, except remember how lucky you are and how blessed you are. Don't take any phone call, email or text message for granted. Tell your loved ones that you love them, life can be taken in an instant.
We know the cost of war, but that number continues to rise at home...actions like this and suicides are taking men and women too
early. They have reported that this soldier was under observation for PTSD, this is a serious problem among military today.
If you have the opportunity thank a soldier, make sure the military knows how appreciated they are, make them feel safe at home. Also, remember the families at home they sacrifice more than most can ever imagine.
If you know/ or are a soldier suffering with PTSD please get help. There are so many resources available. The Veterans Crisis Line (1-800-273-8255 and Press 1) is a resource for military, veterans and their families. take advantage of it.
So tonight, call your soldier if you can send an email if you can and say a prayer and send thoughts to the families effected today.