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November 12, 2009

Opening Up At Fort Hood


Capt. Shannon Meehan is one of the soldiers from Iraq who took his wartime stories to the psychiatrists at Fort Hood. But since the mass shooting there, allegedly by psychiatrist Maj. Nidal Hasan, Shannon is now worried that other military personnel won't want to share their stories with mental health professionals. 

Shannon was a platoon leader in Iraq. He was considered one of the best in the brigade. But in the heat of the battle for Baqubah, he called in mortars on a suspected Al Qaeda house. He soon discovered that a family with six children had died in those blasts. Shannon joins Dick Gordon to talk about how the psychiatrists at Fort Hood began to help him deal with the wounds of war.




In 1938, 12-year-old Beth Ashley fell in love with a 13-year-old boy named Rowland Fellows when they were spending the summer with their parents in the village of Five Islands, Maine. It was a schoolgirl crush for her, but even though they talked and played together, she didn't let him know, and he didn't notice, not even during the next two summers. Then the war came, and both families moved away. Marriages, families, careers and full lives followed. But Beth never forgot Rowland and in 2004 wrote a column about her love of Five Islands and her first love, Rowland Fellows. A mutual friend connected them and you know the rest. Beth and Rowland were married this summer…71 years after they met.

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