THE FORT HOOD SHOOTING: A SURVIVOR’S STORY

Guest: Dorothy Carskadon, Team Leader, Madison Vet Center – Captain, Army Reserves

Army Captain Dorothy Carskadon arrived at Fort Hood, Texas on November 4, 2009. This was her last stop on her way to Afghanistan. She had just completed a month’s combat training in California, and on Saturday, November 5, 2009 was sitting in a crowded processing center at Fort Hood to begin her check out review to make sure she was physically, mentally, and spiritually ready to be deployed. Suddenly there was a voice shouting in Arabic, and a loud command for everyone to get down. Within the next harrowing few minutes, 13 people were killed and 32 others wounded. Dorrie was among the wounded. “When I woke up after a 15-hour surgery, the first people I remember seeing were George and Laura Bush standing next to my bed,” recalls Dorrie. That was only the beginning of her recovery.

Before her deployment in 2009, Dorothy Carskadon was the Team Leader at the Madison Vet Center, 706 Williamson St. After her hospitalization, she returned to this position and granted this exclusive interview on All About Living to honor those that died and were injured at this worst shooting ever to take place on an American military base. She shares the story of the tragedy at Fort Hood in this program.

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