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Minn. Widow of 2009 Fort Hood Shooting Victim Pushes for Better Veteran Care

Updated: 04/04/2014 3:55 AM
Created: 04/04/2014 3:52 AM WDIO.com
By: Kate Renner, KSTP

The latest Fort Hood attack brings back the pain and suffering for a North St. Paul mother of three, according to a report by WDIO sister station KSTP.

Shoua Her's husband, Private First Class Kham Xiong, was killed in the 2009 mass shooting at the same base. She wants to see more effective security changes on military bases, and better prevention when dealing with the mental health needs of veterans arriving home from deployment.

Pfc. Kham Xiong's dog tags hung right above his heart when he was shot and killed by Major Nidal Hasan on Nov. 5, 2009, but his family of four was always the closest thing to his heart.

"He couldn't wait for [our kids] to grow up and take them hunting and fishing," said Shoua Her.

One of their son's favorite memories with dad was their first fishing trip. "It just makes me think what if he was still here, they'd be out on the lake fishing," said Her.

Shoua Her can empathize with the three families who are living through a nightmare.

"When I saw there were two military men at the door, I knew what that meant. It was just hard to even open the door and let them in to do their job to tell me," said Her.

Now, years later, she says the military isn't doing its job to increase security on base.

"When it first happened they initiated and they did get started, but once it all died down I think they felt like they can just push it aside," said Her.

But Her says it takes more than arming security personnel or offering more scenario-based training; veterans returning from war may need more mental health help.

"Being taken care of when they come back from deployment, that's when they're the most vulnerable," said Her.

Even after her husband's killer, Major Hasan, was sentenced to death, she wants more.

"Our battle is not over just because he's sentenced," said Her.

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