Grant Moxon, who graduated from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse in 2008, was among those injured in Thursday's shooting at Fort Hood.
"I got a text message from him yesterday," Moxon's father, Dave Moxon, said Friday morning.
He said the text read: "This is Grant, I got shot in the leg. I'll be OK."
Moxon had arrived at the Texas Army base on Wednesday and was preparing to deploy to Afghanistan.
He was sitting in a processing room Thursday when he heard a commotion and found himself eye-to-eye with the shooter. After being shot above the knee he pretended to be dead until the shooter moved away.
Grant Moxon, 23, is a mental health specialist with the Army Reserve and has a psychology degree from UW-L. He is a 2004 graduate of Lodi High School.
"I was looking this guy right in the eye, he wasn't even 15 feet away," Dave Moxon said Grant told him about the shooter.
"He hit the floor and played dead," he said. "A bunch of them made a break for it and ran out of the building."
"I can't believe I didn't get hit in the head," Dave Moxon said his son told him.
The text wasn't from Grant Moxon's phone, because it was "lost in the uproar," Dave Moxon said.
"We feel very fortunate," Dave Moxon said. "Relative to the overall scope of what happened, this is on the minor side."
An other injured Wisconsin soldier was 19-year-old Amber Bahr of Random Lake. Her family says she was shot in the back.