NEW YORK (CBS/AP) Funeral services for the second Wisconsin soldier, Russell Seager, killed in the Fort Hood, Texas, shooting spree will be held Monday.
Seager, 51, of Racine, Wis., was a psychiatrist who joined the Army a few years ago because he wanted to help veterans returning to civilian life, said his uncle, Larry Seager of Mauston.
Russell Seager's brother-in-law, Dennis Prudhomme, said Seager had worked with soldiers at the Veterans Affairs hospital in Milwaukee who were suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. He also taught classes at Bryant & Stratton College in Milwaukee, said Prudhomme, who is married to Seager's sister.
Larry Seager said his nephew's death left the family stunned, especially because the psychiatrist only wanted to help soldiers improve their mental health.
"It's unbelievable. He goes down there to help out soldiers and then he ...," Seager said, his voice trailing off. "I still can't believe it."
Army Reserve Capt. Russell Seager's funeral will be held at 3 p.m. at the Wonewoc Center School in Wonewoc, Wis. Russell Seager is survived by a wife and 20-year-old son.
Prudhomme said Seager was scheduled to go to Afghanistan in December and had gone to Fort Hood for training.
"Our family has suffered a great loss and we are all devastated," Seager's sister, Barbara Prudhomme, said in a statement read by her husband. "We are very proud of the way Russell lived his life, both personally and professionally, and our hearts go out to all the victims and their families."
Gov. Jim Doyle has ordered all Wisconsin and U.S. flags be flown at half-staff Monday at all state buildings, grounds and military installations in Seager's honor.
Funeral services for Army Reserve Staff Sgt. Amy Krueger were held Saturday at the high school gym in Kiel (KEEL). Krueger and Seager were among 13 killed in the Nov. 5 shooting.
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