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Fort Bliss officials, soldiers react to Fort Hood shooting

Updated: Thursday, April 3 2014, 09:14 PM MDT
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By: Gina Benitez
FORT BLISS, Texas -- Fort Bliss officials and soldiers react to the shooting that left three dead and more than a dozen injured at Fort Hood.

Despite the horrific tragedy at Fort Hood, soldiers and civilians KFOX14 spoke with Thursday on Fort Bliss said they feel safe on post.

Fort Bliss spokesman Lt. Col. Lee Peters said whenever something like this happens on one post, the entire Army feels it.

When something like Wednesday's horrific shooting happens, Peters said on Fort Bliss, they increase patrols in high visibility areas and places where there are a lot of people -- like Freedoms Crossing.

Peters said they have highly trained personnel and annual and quarterly drills conducted to prepare for those scenarios.

Also, should a soldier on Bliss find themselves in a situation where they may want to hurt others or themselves, there are many avenues they can take.

"You can basically self-refer, which you kind of go seek help yourself or you could be chain of command referred, and soldiers can seek help from their chaplain, through their chain of command, through medical providers," Peters said.

"There's definitely a lot of things that are in place within units that allow soldiers to seek help," said Sgt. Robert Patterson, a Fort Bliss soldier.


Fort Bliss officials, soldiers react to Fort Hood shooting
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