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Huntington parents of Ft. Hood soldier share experience

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LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) -

Just a month ago, Huntington resident Troy Grimes was reunited with his son Briar.

For nearly a year Briar Grimes served in Afghanistan as an U.S. Army Calvary Scout but last month he surprised his father with his return.

Briar has since been stationed in Fort Hood.

Grimes says Wednesday night he and his family were just waiting for the phone to ring.

 "We were just in a rush to get in contact with him to make sure him and his family were ok," said Grimes.

The 22-year-old works just a mile and a half from the site of the shooting.

Grimes says he's visited the post several times and says security is extremely thorough.

 "They have to see everybody inside the vehicle and they shine mirrors into the care, it's very secure," said Grimes.

Although he's relieved his son his safe, Grimes says it's hard watching tragedy hit so close to home.

 "It's tough that they can't come home from deployment and they can't feel safe even at home and do the job they need to do on base," said Grimes.

As everyone continues to search for answers Grimes says his heart goes out to everyone effected by the shooting.

 "I pray for all the people involved in this, the families that lost loved ones and those injured, that everyone can be healed and move on from this," said Grimes.

Grimes says his son is set to return to East Texas in April of 2015.

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