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Deployment for Madison Army Reserve unit at Fort Hood is delayed

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The Madison Army Reserve unit that had seven casualties in the Fort Hood massacre will not go to Afghanistan next month as scheduled.

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Commander Robert LaFountain says the mission is being put off indefinitely, until replacements can be found for the three members who were killed and at least some of the four who were wounded.

When they're ready, the 467th Medical Detachment unit will provide combat-stress counseling for fellow troops in Afghanistan.

But for now, the members are getting the same type of mental help they were planning to give.

LaFountain told the Wisconsin State Journal his troops are doing "fair to middling."

He says they have mixed emotions, but more now say they want to move on. Monday, LaFountain was among the 400-plus people at a funeral in Wonewoc for one of his members, Capt. Russell Seager.

Sgt. Amy Krueger was buried Saturday in Kiel. The third member of the unit who was killed - Major Eduardo Caraveo of Woodbridge, Va., is scheduled to have his service later this week.

The alleged shooter, Major Nadal Hasan, was part of the unit.

He remains hospitalized while awaiting 13 military charges of premeditated murder.

LaFountain says three other members are still recovering from serious wounds - Captain Dorothy Carskadon of Monona, Sergeant John Pagel of North Freedom, and Sgt. Shawn Manning of Washington State.

He says those will have to be either be declared battle-ready or sent home.

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