It is the second time Governor Rick Perry has visited Fort Hood after a mass shooting on post. Friday, he and Senator Ted Cruz met with commanders, who updated them on the ongoing investigation.
The trip also included meeting some of those who were wounded during the Wednesday shooting incident. After emerging from those encounters to speak with reporters, Governor Perry seemed filled more with pride than sorrow.
"You still see it in the eyes of the people you meet, you see it in the handshake they give you, the strength of these people, they will recover," Perry said.
Perry and Cruz said they were struck by the resilient nature of those they spoke with at the post hospital.
"In the midst of the tragedy you find inspiration, I the midst of tragedy you see men and women coming together even stronger," Cruz said.
The Governor and Senator were asked about the political fallout a second mass shooting on this post could bring. They sidestepped that, saying the discussion is for another day and the focus now should be on the victims and the heroes from Wednesday.
Emergency responders and medical teams were praised for their fast response and lifesaving efforts.
"We met with one young soldier who with a bullet in his abdomen stepped forward and called 911, saving lives," Cruz said.
"We will morn for those we lost - we'll find out the answers we want and we will continue this vital mission of this post. Those men and women who are serving in our military," Perry said.
The two political leaders left the post known as, the great place, after making one last request -prayers for the victims and their families - along with a reminder - to thank those who wear the uniform.