SMC Alumna Among Injured Military in Fort Hood Shooting
Army Reserve Captain Dorothy "Dorrie" Carskadon '84 was among the injured in last Thursday's mass shooting at Fort Hood, Texas. 12 soldiers and one civilian were killed in a brutal attack by a military psychiatrist. Dozens of others were wounded during the rampage. Carskadon was shot twice, in the hip and stomach. The latter wound caused extensive damage and required an all-night surgical procedure. Carskadon is recovering in the intensive care unit at Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center at Fort Hood.
The 47-year-old earned her undergraduate degree in psychology at Saint Mary's and later went on to enlist in the military. She served in the Army from 1989 to 1994 and was deployed to the Persian Gulf during Operation Desert Shield and Operation Desert Storm.
Carskadon grew up in Portland, Oregon, but her career as a license clinical social worker had taken her to Madison, Wisconsin. As a team leader for the city's Vet Center, she helped patients deal with anger management issues and provided violence mediation instruction. Carskadon enlisted in the U.S. Army Reserve in 2006 in order to counsel active troops suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. She was assigned to the 467th Combat Stress Detachment Unit and was scheduled to leave for Afghanistan this month.