Office of the Governor Rick Perry

Gov. Perry: Texas Continues to Support Victims, Families, Military

Saturday, November 07, 2009  •  Press Release

TEMPLE – Gov. Rick Perry today visited victims of the Fort Hood shooting who are being treated at Scott and White Memorial Hospital.

“As we move forward from this tragedy, we can never forget the sacrifices our military men and women make in our defense,” Gov. Perry said. “In the days to come, our priorities here in Texas are simple: support the families affected by this violence, support the criminal investigation of this incident, and continue supporting our military as we always have.”

The governor remains in contact with military and state law enforcement officials regarding this event. The Texas Rangers are assisting federal officials with the ongoing investigation, and the governor directed the Department of State Health Services to send crisis counseling teams to the area to assist victims and their families. The state of Texas stands ready to provide further support and resources as needed.

“I commend our military personnel on Fort Hood and first responders from state and local agencies for their reflexive response to a violent situation and the professionalism they displayed throughout,” Gov. Perry said. “To those whose lives have been shaken by this isolated incident: you need to know that it communicates less about the safety of our society or the condition of the human soul, and much more about the way people look out for their neighbors in trying times.”

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