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Purple Hearts for Hasan's Fort Hood Victims Included in House Defense Bill
by Bridget Johnson
A provision to make sure that those wounded in the 2009 massacre at Fort Hood get due recognition and benefits as victims of a domestic terror attack has been included in the FY2015 defense reauthorization.
The bill was marked up this week in the House Armed Services Committee, and the final version integrated the Honoring the Fort Hood Heroes Act, which was introduced in the upper chamber in September by Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) and in the House by Reps. John Carter (R-Texas) and Roger Williams (R-Texas). Carter and Williams share Fort Hood in their district boundaries.
The bill specifically states the attack was "not merely workplace violence," notes the attack on Fort Hood "could and should have been prevented," recognizes that former Army psychiatrist Nidal Hasan "had become radicalized while serving in the United States Army and was principally motivated to carry out the attack by an ideology of violent Islamist extremism," and adds "Hasan proved himself to be not just a terrorist, but also a traitor and an enemy of the United States."
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