CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Monday's shooting at the Navy Yard brought back painful memories for Army Sgt. Matt Cooke. He's one of the dozens of Fort Hood shooting survivors who still lives with the mental and physical pain of what happened.
Cooke just returned home to North Carolina last week, after spending almost four years recovering at Fort Hood. He watched the Navy Yard shooting unfold on television.
"I walked away and I started crying," Cooke said.
Cooke says he was just a few feet away when Nidal Hasan rapidly started firing rounds inside a Fort Hood building on November 5, 2009. Cooke took five bullets that day; one of them is still inside his head.
"The best way to get over it is talk about it. Talk to people about it," Cooke said.
Talking is what he's done for almost four years, and says it helps him cope. He says his parents, Jerry and Diane have been there every step of the way.
"That night when we thought Matt was dead, I can't tell you what we went through and I can just imagine these other families are going through it," Dianne Frappier said.
Cooke says scenes like the Navy Yard don't only bring back pain, they give him a chance to pass along important advice for those wounded, victim's families, and anyone affected by the shooting.
"You can't hold it in. If you hold in the pressure and anxiety and you hold in that anger it's just going to build up and build up," he said.