President Bush Visited the Wounded After the Terrorist Attack at Ft. Hood-Truth!

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President George W. Bush Visited the Wounded After the Terrorist Attack at Ft. Hood-Truth!

Summary of eRumor:

This eRumor gets a little confusing. It was written by a man who employed a woman whose husband was stationed at Fr. Hood in Texas. On November 5, 2009, the employer told his employee that there had been a shooting on the base. At the same time she got a text message from her husband’s phone saying he was OK. It turned out that the text message was not from him but from a nurse who used the husband’s phone to send what she hoped would have been a comforting message, but the nurse later called the wife and told her that her husband had actually been shot and was in surgery. The woman traveled to Texas to be with her husband and later sent a picture on her cell phone to her employer—a picture of her recuperating husband, of her—and two surprise visitors to his bedside—President George W. Bush and his wife, Laura.

The Truth:

 

The unexpected visit to Fort Hood by President George W. Bush and his wife, Laura, is true according to a Fox News exclusive report.

The November 5, 2009 attack at Fort Hood in Texas caused 13 deaths and 29 others were wounded.  U.S. Army Major Nidal Malik has been charged in the killings.

According to the Fox News report, the former President and his wife live 30 miles from the army base and paid the secret visit on the evening after the attack.  The article went on to say that the Bushes “spent ‘considerable time’ consoling those who were wounded in Thursday’s shooting spree.”

In April 2014 another version of this eRumor went viral showing the same photo.   This was shortly after there was a second attack on personnel at Fort Hood by a patient who was suffering from post traumatic stress disorder.

Posted  11/18/09   Updated 04/16/14

A real example of the eRumor as it has appeared on the Internet:

Original eRumor:
Down in Dothan, AL a man had a TV on in his office when the news of the military base shootings came on. The husband of one of his employees was stationed there.

He called her into his office and the minute he told her what was going on, she got a text message from her husband saying, “I am okay.” The  cell phone started ringing right after that. It was an ER nurse. She  said, “I’m the one who just sent you a text, not your husband.” She thought the message would be comforting, but she immediately knew she had to let the wife know what was going on. She said, “I am sorry but  your husband has been shot 4 times and he is in surgery.”

The wife left Southern Clinic in Dothan and drove all night.

Miraculously, here is the photo I just received from my brother that was taken today in the hospital room. He is awake and will recover. His wife, who lives in Dothan, made it to Ft. Hood about the time he was waking up.  Thought I’d share this great outcome.

2014 Version with same photo:

Class Always Shows

A doctor had his TV on in his office when the news of the military base shootings at Ft. Hood , TX came on. The husband of one of his employees was stationed there.

He called her into his office and as he told her what had happened, she got a text message from her husband saying, “I am okay.” Her cell phone rang right after she read the message. It was an ER nurse,” I’m the one who just sent you a text, not your husband.
I thought it would be comforting but I was mistaken in doing so. I am sorry to tell you this, but your husband has been shot 4 times and he is in surgery.”

The soldier’s wife left Southern Clinic in Dothan , AL and drove all night to Ft.Hood. When she arrived, she found out her husband was out of surgery and would be OK. She rushed to his room and found that he already had two visitors there to comfort him.