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Ft. Hood survivors in Lubbock to raise awareness for PTSD

Alonzo Lunsford (Source: KCBD Video) Alonzo Lunsford (Source: KCBD Video)
Two Ft. Hood survivors speaking in Hub City (Source: KCBD Video) Two Ft. Hood survivors speaking in Hub City (Source: KCBD Video)
LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) -

Two survivors of the 2009 Ft. Hood shooting are speaking at the Civic Center Tuesday evening, to raise awareness for PTSD.

Nidal Hasan, a U.S. Army major, killed 13 people and injured more than 30 back in 2009.

He admitted to the killings, and he now sits on death row in Kansas.

Two survivors of that shooting were honored at a "Breakfast for Heroes" event on Tuesday morning, ahead of their speech at Tuesday night's "Remember our Heroes" dinner.

"My first one went in above my left eye, went into my brain and skull and came out of my left ear," Alonzo Lunsford says.

Alonzo retired as a staff sergeant, and he remembers each bullet that entered his body on that November day.

"I got hit two more times on my upper left flank, once in my back, one is still in my back and two more times in my lower right quadrant of my abdominal area," he recalls. All 7 to be exact.

"I'm in the hospital, I've got tubes everywhere," Lunsford says. "My son walks up to me and says, 'Dad, don't worry about it. I've got your six.'"

Family is something the 22-year veteran cherishes, as he deals with the aftermath of the deadly shooting.

"Because of my injuries, I have PTSD, TBI, I'm blind in my left eye, I have mobility issues," he lists off. "My back will go out at least once or twice a month, where I can't even put my shoes on, I need help."

Lunsford now works with veteran groups to highlight the issues associated with trauma.

"You may be in a combat zone on Monday, you're back here, back in the world, on Wednesday," he says. "You're just catching fire ... or your convoy is getting hit and 72 hours later, you're back at home driving down 35 or Interstate 85, or whatever, you can't flip the switch that way."

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