Three nurses and a former nurse were killed in the Ft. Hood shootings Nov. 5. C.W.O. Michael Cahill (ret.), 62, Capt. John Gaffaney, 56, Capt. Russell Seager, 51, and Lt. Col. Juanita Warman, 55, were among the fatalities. The American Nurses Association (ANA) and the nursing community mourn this tragic loss.
Cahill, a former RN from Cameron, Tex., had served in the Army Reserve and had worked as a civilian physician’s assistant at Ft. Hood for four years. At the time of the incident, he was working with soldiers who were getting ready to begin their deployments overseas.
Gaffaney, a psychiatric nurse supervisor from San Diego, had worked for the County of San Diego in its Adult Protective Services department for more than 20 years and had re-enlisted two years ago in response to the 9/11 attacks as part of a Reserve combat stress unit. He had previously served in the Navy and California National Guard.
Seager, a nurse practitioner and educator from Racine, Wis., worked with veterans at the VA to help them re-acclimate to civilian life. He also taught at Bryant & Stratton College in Milwaukee. He enlisted in the Army Reserve four years ago, and served in a special mental health unit.
Warman, a psychiatric nurse practitioner from Havre de Grace, Md., specialized in treating soldiers with PTSD and formerly worked at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. She had spent 25 years in active duty and the Army Reserve and had recently completed a duty assignment in Washington state.