Diary

From Texas Governor Rick Perry

How You Can Help Those Affected by the Tragedy at Fort Hood

Last week Texas was shocked by tragedy and loss after the horrific shooting at Fort Hood, but the response by Texas and the nation has shown just how much we appreciate the contributions and sacrifices of those who put their lives on the line to defend our freedoms here and abroad.

To honor those who lost their lives last Thursday, I immediately ordered the lowering of all Texas flags to half-staff through Sunday. I also authorized the immediate deployment of a variety of state resources to the Fort Hood area, including Texas Department of Public Safety Troopers, Texas Rangers and helicopters, to assist in securing the perimeter of the base and provide other necessary support. The Texas Rangers are now part of a multi-jurisdictional force investigating this tragedy.

Although we are all deeply saddened by these events and mourn the loss of those whose lives were taken, I hope you will join me in my emphatic support of our troops and their mission. As those injured begin the road to recovery and as Fort Hood families impacted by the shootings work to move forward with their lives, you can help by contributing to the Central Texas-Fort Hood Chapter, Association of the U.S. Army (AUSA), a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.

Soldiers and their families will receive 100% of all funds. Please write “Community Response to 11/5” on the memo line of your checks and mail them to this address:

The Central Texas- Fort Hood Chapter
Association of the US Army
Attn: Community Response to 11/5
PO Box 10700
Killeen, TX 76547-0700

I ask that you continue to pray for the victims, their families and the extended Fort Hood community as they recover from this horrific event and as our soldiers continue defending our freedoms here at home and overseas.

Thank you,
Rick Perry