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  • The Scriptorium

    12/6/2014

    Fort Hood Shooting Victims Will AT LAST Receive Purple Hearts

    Filed under: — Jennifer Rast @ 8:43 am

    It’s about time. Five years after the fact, victims of the Fort Hood shootings will finally receive their purple hearts. The terrorist attack by Hassan will no longer be called “work place violence”, as our Resident dubbed it. It will be recognized as the terrorist attack it was. It doesn’t matter that it took place on our homeland. In fact that makes it worse, in that we couldn’t protect our own even with so many signs of the terrorists intentions. I’m glad the victims of that horrible day will be honored in this way.

    Five years after the Fort Hood shootings, Congress is set to make the victims of the shooting eligible to receive Purple Hearts. This benefit and honor had previously been denied them by an Obama administration which insisted that the Islamic, terrorist act was actually workplace violence. The provision states that “Purple Heart medals will be awarded to ‘members of the armed forces killed or wounded in domestic attacks inspired by foreign terrorist organizations.’ The provision is included in the 2015 defense bill which is likely to pass the House this week prior to being considered by the Senate next week. The Muslim, White House resident has threatened to veto the bill on other subjects. But it is the Fort Hood issue that is most disturbing to the former Madrasa Student.

    It was House Republicans, working with the Senate Armed Services Committee, who introduced the provision into the defense authorization bill which would grant battlefield recognition to victims of terrorism on U.S. Soil. The bill makes any service member killed or wounded by terrorists eligible for both the medal and the benefits afforded to recipients. For the victims recuperating from injuries and loss of time costing them tens of thousands of dollars in medical bills, the bill would be a windfall, permitting them to receive priority care at VA Hospitals and waived medical copays.

    House Republicans have included Purple Heart changes in annual defense budget bills each of the last five years, only to be blocked by Pentagon and Senate leaders

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