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Fort Hood shooting victims, lawmakers fight for full benefits
by Jacob Brooks
After Purple Heart medals were awarded to soldiers who were wounded in the 2009 shooting at Fort Hood, several survivors said their struggle for full benefits is not over.
Several members of Congress, who were on post for the Friday morning ceremony, assured them they won't rest until those benefits — mainly "combat-related special compensation" — come through.
"It's been a long time making, a long time coming," said former Staff Sgt. John Mayer, about 20 minutes after receiving a Purple Heart. "Unfortunately, our fight doesn't appear to be quite over."
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