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Fort Hood shooting 2009 survivor describes chaos

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Retired disabled veteran, who was right in the middle of the Fort Hood shooting back in 2009, describes the impact these situations have on soldiers.

Major Nadal Hassan was the psychiatrist for veteran Toby Cruz.

The day of the shooting, Cruz says no one knew who the shooter was. The last thing they expected was for it to be a soldier.

Cruz says he and others had to extract bullets from the wounded.

He describes the situation as chaotic; an incident that to this day he struggles to get over.

"We had no clue who the shooter was, and seeing a soldier in uniform doing the shooting was hard in our minds to comprehend. Mjr. Hasan was coming out of the building and re-loading his weapons when we were exiting the building across from his. Afterward we set up a mass-casualty area to try to help the wounded and account for the dead. It was pretty difficult for myself. I lost three hours of time. I didn't get it back until I went through intensive therapy a year and a half later. Til this day, I still live with those nightmares," says retired disabled veteran Toby Cruz.

Hasan is accused of killing 13 people and wounding more than 30 others at the Texas military post in November 2009.

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