As part of a look at the 20th Engineer Battalion in the wake of Nov. 5, 2009, I interviewed Casey Andrysiak, the wife of the commander and senior adviser to the battalion’s family readiness group. The battalion was less than three months from deployment, and during the mass shooting, the battalion lost four soldiers and another 11 were injured.
This interview shows a behind-the-scenes look at how the family readiness group pulled together and supported the families during the tragedy. As an FRG volunteer myself, I tried to imagine what the days and weeks following Nov. 5 were like for those spouses, and I can’t.
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Rose L. Thayer is the military editor for the Killeen Daily Herald. She joined the paper in February 2011 as a health and military reporter. View her complete profile Here. You can contact Rose L. Thayer at firstname.lastname@example.org or (254) 501-7463. Follow her on Twitter at KDHmilitary.