Wichita Falls veterans guarding military recruitment centers

Wichita Falls veterans guarding military recruitment centers

WICHITA FALLS, Texas_People across the nation are volunteering to stand guard at their local recruitment centers in the wake of the deadly military shootings in Tennessee. In Wichita Falls, veterans are using their time to protect their fellow service men and women.

When retired Air Force veteran Mac Mastroni heard about the shooting in Chattanooga, he says it made him sick to his stomach. He then got a call from an old veteran friend asking him to start standing guard at the military recruitment office. Mastroni says it's better to be prepared than to be left picking up the pieces.

"This is our community and we're going to do what we can, to try to help," Mastroni said, "If somebody tries to roll up and tries something like that, we're going to do what we can to stop it."

While these veterans are protecting the center, Texas Governor Greg Abbott has also authorized the National Guard to arm its members at the state's military facilities. In Oklahoma, Governor Mary Fallin has issued an executive ordered the same for guardsmen and women.