Havre De Grace Resident Among Fort Hood Victims

November 08, 2009|By Arthur Hirsch | Arthur Hirsch,arthur.hirsch@baltsun.com

Among the 13 people killed in the shooting rampage at Fort Hood was an Army Reserve officer who had worked in a Maryland National Guard program helping soldiers returning from war adjust to life back home.

Lt. Col. Juanita L. Warman, who was 55 and lived in Havre de Grace, had been volunteering with the Maryland National Guard's reintegration program since last year and also worked for the Department of Veterans Affairs in Baltimore, said Lt. Col. Charles Kohler, a spokesman for the National Guard. The program is designed to help soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan with an array of problems.

A Baltimore Sun article early last year quoted Lt. Col. Michael Gafney of the Maryland National Guard saying that the program was operating with scant resources out of a small building in Edgewood. Gafney could not be reached for comment Saturday night, and a Veterans Affairs spokesman said his agency could not comment.

A physician's assistant, Warman grew up and went to high school and college in the Pittsburgh area, but moved in the past few years to Havre de Grace, where she lived with her husband, Philip, a lawyer, according to published reports. The Killeen, Texas, Daily Herald Web site said she had been assigned to the 1908th Medical Company in Independence, Mo.

Quoting a half-sister, Kristina Rightweiser, the Associated Press reported that Warman had two daughters and six grandchildren and was from a military family. Their father, who died in 2007, was a "career military man." Rightweiser served in the Air Force, and Rightweiser's brother is in the Coast Guard. The two women didn't grow up together, but reconnected after their father's death, Rightweiser said.

Another sister, Margaret Yaggie of Roaring Branch, Pa., was quoted in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review saying Warman worked to put herself through school at the University of Pittsburgh. Philip Warman could not be reached for comment, and other relatives declined to comment.

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