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One of the Ft. Hood Victims was Pregnant

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NY Daily News: Silence reigned at U.S. military bases around the world at 2:34 p.m. Friday - one day to the minute after a deranged Army shrink massacred 13 people at Fort Hood.

"This was a kick in the gut," said Gen. George Casey, the Army Chief of of Staff.

The moment of silence in memory of the victims came as a fresh tragedy added to the horror with the revelation that one of the victims was a pregnant soldier.

Francheska Velez, who returned to the U.S. just three days earlier from a foreign posting, was filling out paperwork when Army Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan embarked on a bloody rampage that left her and a dozen others dead.

A 21-year-old Chicagoan, Velez was six-weeks pregnant when she was cut down Thursday, Fox Chicago News reported.

Hasan might have claimed even more victims were it not for Officer Kimberly Munley, a courageous civilian cop who shot Hasan four times - even after she was hit, officials said.

"She walked up and basically engaged him," Lt. Gen. Robert Cone, the base commander at Fort Hood, said on "Good Morning America."

"I think, certainly, this could've been far worse."

Hasan was unconscious but in stable condition, breathing with the aid of a ventilator. Munley was also in stable condition, officials said.

At least one witness said Hasan - who once posted a comment sympathetic to suicide bombers on the Internet - hollered "Allahu Akbar!" before firing.

Army officials could not confirm he shouted the slogan - Arabic for "God is great" - and other witnesses said he was silent.

Witnesses described Hasan, who was wearing an Army uniform during the assault, as steely calm. He paused only to reload one of his handguns. When it was over, Hasan lay motionless, leading officials to mistakenly assume he was dead.

Battle-hardened Sgt. Howard Appleby of the Bronx said "it looked like a war zone."

"There was blood everywhere," said Appleby, 31. "It was unbelievable. Guys were screaming and yelling. People were rushing to help. I took my shirt off and began assisting the wounded."

The death toll from the murderous attack rose from 12 to 13 early Friday after a woman died from gunshot wounds. It was not clear if Velez was that woman, or if she died earlier.

Some 28 people were recovering from their injuries, officials said.

Velez is the second Chicago-area massacre victim. Earlier, the Army confirmed that Pfc. Michael Pearson of suburban Bolingbrook, Il. was among the dead.

While security remained tight on the nation's largest military base, the emergency lockdown at Fort Hood was lifted.

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G November 7, 2009, 9:55 AM

It’s obvious none of you at momlogic are combat veterans and have absolutely no clue the affect PTSD has on a veterans life,or the affect having to listen for over 8 hours a day,the stories combat veterans tell their psychaitrist.
I’m a 60 year old service connected veteran,totally disabled from PTSD,I honestly wish you could experience my memmories,and see in your minds what I see,for just one week.
I wish you could experience being soaked in your best friends blood,covered in his brain matter,or trying to keep from vomiting when one of your men is blown in half by a mortar round,just once I honestly wish people like you would experience this.
What the doctor did was wrong,I feel mainly for the families,as well as him and his family,his PTSD from listening to all those horror stories really affected him,and the man he was.
America certainly isn’t a compassionate nation,the doctors not the only one who is at blame here,the war is also to blame.
What combat experience do any of you have,the Call of Duty games don’t qualify as combat.

MommaTuck November 7, 2009, 10:55 AM

What does PTSD have to do with someone who HAD NEVER BEEN DEPLOYED?! I’ve had a husband leave and come back numerous times and I’m sorry, but we both feel PTSD is a friggin cop out. He killed 12 people. Fry him up!

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