As the flags are at half-mast this morning, my heart is heavy and my thoughts are with all of the victims and their families. Nidal Hasan left many victims in his wake - not just those he killed or wounded.
What being in a situation like that is like is beyond the imaginations of most of us. As all of this was unfolding, I was saying goodbye to a young man who is being deployed to Afghanistan this morning. My emotions were overflowing with grief and, of course, great concern for what lies ahead.
Regardless of how we feel about these horrendous wars, we must always remember that the young men and women being sent to these far off places are putting their lives in jeopardy for this country. I guess we now need to remember that they aren't just doing so on foreign soil.