The American Nurses Association (ANA) and the nursing community are mourning the tragic and sudden loss of two federal nurses and one former RN, all of whom were stationed at Fort Hood during the mass shooting that occurred on November 5. Our heartfelt thoughts, condolences, and prayers are with the families of Chief Warrant Officer Michael Grant Cahill (Ret), Capt. John Gaffaney, and Capt. Russell Seager.
We greatly admire the dedication, commitment, and courage that each of these officers displayed throughout their careers in the nursing profession. On behalf of the entire nursing community, ANA is honored to recognize the dedication and professionalism of Michael Cahill, a physician's assistant who served in the Army Reserve and previously worked as a registered nurse, Capt. John Gaffaney, a psychiatric nurse who worked for two decades in San Diego County, California, where he helped elderly victims of abuse and neglect, and Capt. Russell Seager, a nurse from the VA Medical Center in Milwaukee who worked to help veterans with mental health problems related to war experience.