Russell Seager joined the Army Reserve about four years ago

By Yamiche Alcindor
Washington Post Staff Writer
Friday, November 6, 2009 7:31 PM

Russell Seager, a 51-year-old nurse practitioner from Mount Pleasant, Wis., was among those killed in Thursday's violence.

Seager, like others at Fort Hood, was preparing to deploy to Iraq, according to the Wisconsin State Journal. His uncle, Larry Seager, told the paper that he was eager to go abroad and had "pushed officials for deployment."

"He wanted to get in there and help the soldiers coming home and leaving," Larry Seager told the paper. "I still can't believe it. Such a foolish thing," he said of the shooting.

He learned of his nephew's death Friday morning when he received a call from his sister, the paper said.

According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Seager, who joined the Army Reserve about four years ago, was licensed as a registered nurse and advanced practice nurse prescriber. The paper reported that he worked at Zablocki VA Medical Center and was a teacher at Bryant & Stratton College in Milwaukee.

Larry Seager told the Journal Sentinel that his nephew worked at the center as a primary caregiver, providing mental health services to patients, and was pursuing a doctorate of education.

"I don't think he missed a year of school since he was 18," Larry Seager said of his nephew's love for education. "He just had to keep learning."

In August, Russell Seager left Milwaukee to begin preparations for deployment to Iraq, the Wisconsin State Journal said.

That month, the soldier was profiled by WUWM-Milwaukee Public Radio.

"I've always had a great deal of respect for the military and for service, and I just felt it was time that I stepped up and did it, actually," he said. "I mean, it sounds corny and patriotic, but when you talk to people that decide to do this, the feelings are similar."

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