On this day 12 years ago, Fort Hood, Texas witnessed one of the most heinous and disrespectful acts of senseless violence in American history.

A terrorist by the name of Nidal Hussan, a United States soldier himself, betrayed his country and his fellow soldiers when he opened fire inside a readiness center on base. By the time he was wounded and stopped, he'd killed 13 people and wounded 32.

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I will never forget that day. I had never been so scared in my life. You never think that things like this can happen where you live, but they definitely can.

I remember my husband being on Fort Hood as officials were shutting it down and not telling him anything. I was so worried for him due to the fact that I did not know what was going on until we found out that there was an actual terroristic act on base.

It truly pains me to even write this article, but it also makes me want to remember the soldiers and civilians that were wounded and murdered that day.

It's important that we never forget this day, and that we honor and remember those who lost their lives that day or were badly hurt by someone who was supposed to be one of their own.

God bless America and God Bless Fort Hood. We will never forget.

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Fallen:

Civilian Physician Assistant Michael Grant Cahill
Major Libardo Eduardo Caraveo
Staff Sergeant Justin Michael DeCrow
Captain John P. Gaffaney
Specialist Frederick Greene
Specialist Jason Dean Hunt
Staff Sergeant Amy Sue Krueger
Private First Class Aaron Thomas Nemelka
Private First Class Michael S. Pearson
Captain Russell Gilbert Seager
Private First Class Francheska Velez (Velez was pregnant, and her unborn child was also fatally wounded.)
Lieutenant Colonel Juanita L. Warman
Private First Class Kham See Xiong

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Wounded:

Specialist James Armstrong
Sergeant Patrick Blue III
Specialist Keara Bono Torkelson
Specialist Logan M. Burnett
Specialist Alan Carroll
Captain Dorothy Carskadon
Staff Sergeant Joy Clark
Specialist Matthew D. Cooke
Staff Sergeant Chad Davis
Private Mick Engnehl
Private Joseph T. Foster
Private Amber Gadlin
Sergeant Nathan Hewitt
Sergeant Alvin Howard
Private Najee M. Hull
Staff Sergeant Eric Williams Jackson
Private Justin T. Johnson
Staff Sergeant Alonzo M. Lunsford Jr.
Staff Sergeant Shawn N. Manning
Staff Sergeant Paul Martin
2nd Lieutenant Brandy Mason
Specialist Grant Moxon
Civilian Police Sergeant Kimberly Munley
Specialist John Pagel
Specialist Dayna Ferguson Roscoe
Chief Warrant Officer Christopher H. Royal
Major Randy Royer
Specialist Jonathan Sims
Specialist George O. Stratton III
Staff Sergeant Patrick Zeigler
Sergeant Miguel A. Valdivia
Staff Sergeant Thuan Nguyen

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