Congressman Farenthold: Paying My Respects at Fort Hood

Rep. Blake Farenthold (R-TX), Sen. Ted Cruz (R-RX), Rep. Roger Williams (R-RX) Rep. Bill Flores (R-TX) and Sen. John Cornyn pay respects to the three soldiers killed at Ft. Hood.

On Wednesday, I visited Fort Hood to honor the service members killed in wake of the April 2nd shooting that took the lives of SFC Daniel M. Ferguson, SGT Timothy W. Owens and SSG Carlos A. Lazaney-Rodriguez and injured 16 others. It was a moving ceremony, but one we all wish never occurred.

During the emotional ceremony, the honorary Roll Call where they called out the names of different troops and received a response from all except the servicemen who were no longer with us and couldn’t reply was most moving. During the Roll Call I was sitting near a daughter whose father’s name was called and not answered, my heart went out to her. I can only imagine the pain she was going through.

During President Obama’s remarks he talked about bettering the lives of our troops, and that we needed to prevent similar loss from happening again. Though I suspect the President and I probably disagree on how to do this I agree with his closing sentiment, “Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends. May God watch over these American soldiers, may He keep strong their families whose love endures, and may God continue to bless the United States of America with patriots such as these.”

This tragedy is a reminder that we need to take better care of our service members and veterans. Our country must care for their wounds, both seen and unseen. We take pride in giving our troops every resource they need going into service, but it is more important that they have every resource available to them after combat. More, and better, PTSD treatments are something that cannot be delayed any longer.

My prayers are with the families of the victims, the wounded soldiers, and the entire Fort Hood family. I ask that you join me in keeping them in your prayers.


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