Army psychologist killed at Fort Hood is buried at Arlington

By Yamiche Alcindor
Washington Post Staff Writer
Thursday, November 26, 2009

An Army psychologist from Woodbridge who was killed in the Fort Hood shootings was buried Wednesday at Arlington National Cemetery.

On Nov. 5, the day of the rampage, Maj. Libardo E. Caraveo, 52, had been at the Texas base less than 24 hours and was preparing to deploy to Afghanistan, said his son, Eduardo Caraveo, 31, of Tucson. He had planned to treat service members suffering from combat stress.

Caraveo said his father "was a role model for me. He wanted us to get the message that nothing was impossible."

That's how the senior Caraveo lived his life. He immigrated to the United States from his home town of Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, as a teenager, and he sold newspapers at the border crossing to help support his family.

He became the first member of his family to graduate from college, receiving a bachelor's degree from the University of Texas at El Paso in 1979 and a master's degree in counseling a year later. He received a doctorate in psychology from the University of Arizona in 1986.

In Arizona, Caraveo worked with special education students and taught psychology at Pima Community College before being hired by the Federal Bureau of Prisons in the early 1990s.

That job took him to Altoona, Pa., Victorville, Calif., and, eventually, the Washington area, where he was developing a treatment program for sex offenders, his son said. He also offered anger-management counseling and marriage seminars for couples who couldn't afford individual therapy sessions, according to his Web site,

Caraveo became a Medical Service Corps officer in the Army Reserves a decade ago to add to his federal service and improve his retirement benefits, said Rudy Valenzuela, a friend of 25 years.

On Wednesday, Eduardo and other family members sat a few feet away from Caraveo's coffin. With him were his brothers, John Caraveo and Jose Caraveo; stepsisters Tiffany Rivera and Megan Rivera; and the major's widow, Angela Rivera. Brig. Gen. Lie-Ping Chang presented each of them with a folded American flag.

The funeral was conducted with full military honors. White horses pulled a caisson carrying Caraveo's flag-draped coffin. At the end of the service, Army Chief of Staff Gen. George W. Casey Jr. offered his condolences to the family.

Caraveo was buried alongside Lt. Col. Juanita Warman, 55, another victim of the Fort Hood attack, who was laid to rest Monday.

Valenzuela said Caraveo was a generous man who often made sacrifices to help people.

"All he ever talked about and cared about was his family," Valenzuela said. "He never liked to leave. He was happy being at home. But he understood what it meant to serve his country."

Staff writers Emma Brown and Christian Davenport and staff researcher Meg Smith contributed to this report.

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