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Fort Lee soldiers heartbroken after shooting at Fort Hood

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FORT LEE, VA (WWBT) -

One day after the deadly shooting at Fort Hood, dozens of soldiers at Fort Lee are headed to Kuwait and Afghanistan.

They expect violence overseas...but hitting here at home is heartbreaking for them.

For the senior chaplain at Fort Lee, what happened at Fort Hood - again - feels very close to home. Chester Egert was there just months before the first shooting and went back for the memorial service. In the last 24 hours, he's been checking on his friends.

"I used to have a lot of friends there, and I still have friends there," said Egert. "I did contact some of them last night just to see how they're doing."

He says they're doing as well as can be expected. Military families are trained to respond to death and violence, because of the tough jobs they do.

"Husbands and wives, spouses, children. They talk about such things as this and what to do and how to get in touch with each other. About how to respond in these situations," said Egert.

He says ultimately, healing takes time and trust in each other. Support from the Army family and time will help heal these wounds, too.

"No place on Earth is ultimately safe," said Egert.

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