by: Eric Philips Updated:CHARLOTTE, N.C. —
"This is my old chapter, my next chapter is starting," said Sgt. Matthew Cooke.
As Cooke returns to North Carolina from Fort Hood, Texas, it signals that one painful and prolonged chapter for him and his family has ended.
On Nov. 5, 2009, Cooke was one of 30 wounded in a gun massacre at Fort Hood.
Major Nidal Malik Hasan opened fire at the solider readiness processing center, killing 15 people.
Cooke was shot three times in the back and once in the groin; a bullet also grazed his head.
He has been recovering and getting stronger over the last four years, but he still suffers.
"Anxiety, anger, depression – I mean, I am still recovering every day," said Cooke.
Monday's deadly shooting at the Navy Yard in Washington, D.C., was like ripping the scab off of a deep wound.
"It kind of ticked me off a lot and I know it ticked off my family because it's like reliving this again. You have to keep going through the violence and tragedies and terrorisms," said Cooke.
But for now, this Marine-turned-solider who served two tours in Iraq is getting the heroes treatment he deserves from the Patriot Guard as he heads from Charlotte to Norwood to be among family and friends..
"It's closure. Most of all it is just peace. That is what closure is: it is peace," said Cooke.
Cooke said he hopes the Department of Homeland Security does what is necessary to prevent this kind of violence from happening again.
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