Six patients continue to receive care for wounds sustained in Wednesday’s Fort Hood shooting at Scott & White Hospital in Temple and Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center at Fort Hood.
According to Temple hospital officials, three patients were upgraded to fair condition. They are expected to remain in the hospital for several days. Six patients were discharged from Scott & White.
“In regards to the injured soldiers that we visited this morning, I’ve had the opportunity both yesterday and today to visit all of the injured soldiers at Darnall and Scott & White,” said Lt. Gen. Mark Milley, III Corps and Fort Hood commander, during a Friday afternoon news conference at Club Hood. “Currently, we still have three remaining soldiers at Scott & White and three at Darnall. They are all strong, each of them is resilient, their families are resilient. I had an opportunity to meet with some of their families and they’re dealing very well in this difficult situation and we all look forward to their full recovery.”
Milley said 10 of the 16 wounded soldiers were released from hospitals and returned to duty.
While Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and Gov. Rick Perry met with the wounded Friday morning, one soldier, who is recovering from bullet wounds at Darnall, asked Milley about the possibility of getting into Ranger School.
“What a terrific testament to the bravery of these soldiers. Even within hours of being wounded, he was interested in going forth and serving on the front lines protecting our nation,” Cruz said Friday outside the main gate. “Right now, today, millions of Texans and millions of Americans are praying for these men and women.”
Perry said his primary concern as governor is to be there for the victims and the families in their time of need.
“It’s times like these … when you see the resilience of the military families,” he said. “They will recover from this latest tragedy. They’ll heal their wounds and they will go forward.”