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Fort Hood is a transition point for troops who have served overseas.
The following are locations accepting blood donations to help with the tragic violence at Fort Hood:
1. All Austin Area Seton Medical Centers
* University Medical Center Brackenridge
601 East 15th Street
Austin, TX 78701
* Dell Children's Medical Center of Central Texas
4900 Mueller Blvd
Austin, TX 78723
* Seton Medical Center Austin
1201 West 38th Street
Austin, TX 78705
* Seton Edgar B. Davis Hospital
130 Hays Street
Luling, TX 78648
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It is a phrase that has for centuries been associated with human conflict:
"The fog of war."
It refers to the uncertainty and confusion that accompanies battle - both the violent encounters themselves, and the planning that puts soldiers onto specific fields of combat.
The fog of war - frustrating, endless, lethal - can be haunting, an enemy in itself.
At Fort Hood in Texas this week, the fog was present. The November afternoon was clear and bright, yet the invisible fog covered everything.
From the first reports of gunfire at the Army base, to the contradictory accounts about where on the base the killing might be going on; from the frenzied uncertainty about how many assailants there could be, to the initial speculation that outsiders with deadly intent may have made their way onto the grounds; from the announcement that the suspected gunman was dead, to the revised statement hours later that he was still alive. ...
Editor's note: Eileen Pollack is director of the MFA Program in Creative Writing at the University of Michigan and taught Uwem Akpan, author of "Say You Are One of Them." Akpan's book is the choice of the Oprah Book Club, which will be discussed November 9 at 9 p.m. ET on CNN.com Live or Oprah.com.
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Even among the hundreds of applications, this one stood out. Most applicants to creative writing programs submit stories about the angst of their suburban childhoods. This writer's stories concerned the daily ordeals of a boy living with his family on the streets of Nairobi, Kenya, and the horrific plight of a Rwandan girl whose mother is Tutsi and father Hutu.
Not only did the applicant have what writers call "material," he was blessed with an uncanny ear for human speech and the poetry to describe his characters' very unpoetic lives.
I can still remember the young Kenyan boy watching his mother decant the glue she intends to sniff. The glue, the boy tells us, "glowed warm and yellow in the dull light," and when his mother had poured enough, "she cut the flow of the glue by tilting the tin up. The last stream of gum entering the bottle weakened and braided itself before tapering in midair like an icicle."
Still, this applicant gave us pause. The writer had so much to say, he seemed to be trying to channel a raging waterfall through the tiny funnels of two short stories. His use of punctuation was idiosyncratic, to say the least. And the applicant was a priest!
We're learning new, exclusive details on the massacre at Fort Hood.
Tonight, you'll hear from Sgt. Mark Todd, an Army civilian police officer who along with his partner, Sgt. Kimberly Munley, shot the alleged gunman – Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan.
Maj. Hasan, an Army medic survived his gunshot wounds. But 12 of his alleged victims died.
Sgt. Todd will tell you what happened at Fort Hood's Soldier Readiness Center yesterday when Maj. Hasan allegedly opened fire.
We also heard today from neighbors of Maj. Hasan, who said he cleanned out his apartment the morning of the shootings. Several neighbors said he gave them copies of the Quran.
The neighbors thought Maj. Hasan was moving out because the Army was shipping him overseas for war duty.
We also talked with a former classmate of Maj. Hasan's at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Maryland. He said they took an environmental health class together. The former classmate said Hasan wrote about his opposition to the war on terror, while other students in class focused on such topics as mold in homes and dry cleaning.
We're keeping them honest. Tonight, we'll look at how Hasan's alleged hate for the war on terror may have gone unnoticed by some Army officials. After all, according to reports, Hasan was promoted to the rank of Major in May. Though, investigators said Hasan received a poor performance review at Walter Reed Medical Center and was transferred to Fort Hood.
Join us for this story and much more starting at 10 p.m. ET.
Program Note: Tune in tonight for the latest developments on the Fort Hood shooting. AC360° at 10 p.m. ET.
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A picture began to emerge today of the suspect in the Fort Hood shootings as a mental-health professional who had worked to help others in high-stress situations. The alleged gunman was identified as Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, 39, military.
Take a look at the alleged blog post of Maj. Hasan here on a site that many believe may have been his:
NidalHasan scribbled: There was a grenade thrown amongs a group of American soldiers. One of the soldiers, feeling that it was to late for everyone to flee jumped on the grave with the intention of saving his comrades. Indeed he saved them. He inentionally took his life (suicide) for a noble cause i.e. saving the lives of his soldier. To say that this soldier committed suicide is inappropriate. Its more appropriate to say he is a brave hero that sacrificed his life for a more noble cause. Scholars have paralled this to suicide bombers whose intention, by sacrificing their lives, is to help save Muslims by killing enemy soldiers. If one suicide bomber can kill 100 enemy soldiers because they were caught off guard that would be considered a strategic victory. Their intention is not to die because of some despair. The same can be said for the Kamikazees in Japan. They died (via crashing their planes into ships) to kill the enemies for the homeland. You can call them crazy i you want but their act was not one of suicide that is despised by Islam. So the scholars main point is that "IT SEEMS AS THOUGH YOUR INTENTION IS THE MAIN ISSUE" and Allah (SWT) knows best.
AC360° Associate Producer
The suspect in the Fort Hood shootings, Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, is a mental-health professional who worked to help others in high-stress situations. A soldier who served two tours in Iraq and is awaiting medical retirement for chronic PTSD referred to Hasan as "a soldier's soldier who cared about our mental health."
The impact on therapists who work with traumatized individuals is known as vicarious traumatization – or compassion fatigue. The motive behind Hasan’s attack is uncertain, but some believe that in addition to working with people suffering from mental health problems, he too may have been troubled.
This has left many of us at AC360° wondering about Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and whether or not it played a role in the shooting. What we know for sure, however, is that the shooting at Fort Hood could give rise to PTSD among many of the people impacted.
Here are some details on PTSD compiled by the Mayo Clinic:
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a type of anxiety disorder that's triggered by a traumatic event. You can develop post-traumatic stress disorder when you experience or witness an event that causes intense fear, helplessness or horror.
Many people who are involved in traumatic events have a brief period of difficulty adjusting and coping. But with time and healthy coping methods, such traumatic reactions usually get better. In some cases, though, the symptoms can get worse or last for months or even years. Sometimes they may completely disrupt your life. In these cases, you may have post-traumatic stress disorder.
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