Texas lawmakers are about to introduce the "Honoring the Fort Hood Heroes Act." (HFHHA) The HFHHA would change the "workplace violence" label the Obama administration put on it and change it to an act of terror. That would give the victims the same benefits any other soldier gets when he is killed or wounded in battle.
It's bad enough when you are victimized by someone who would not have been there if their government wasn't so inept that they didn't stop Hassan a full 2 years before the Ft Hood shooting but it's doubly bad when your country turns it's back on you. The HFHHA will make amends for that.
Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas; Rep. John Carter, R-Texas; and Rep. Roger Williams, R-Texas, plan to announce the legislation in Killeen, Texas. Rep John Carter, was quoted as saying, "Now that Hasan is convicted and has been sentenced, I promise to pursue every avenue to promote the cause of our soldiers and their families. As the federal representative for Fort Hood, I will not abandon this fight until it is won."
Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Texas, chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee said:
"Hasan yelled 'Allahu Akbar' as he attacked Americans and claimed his rampage was in defense of the Taliban. His attack was an act of terrorism, not simply workplace violence, and we must continue to pursue justice for those wounded and the families of those killed by not only seeing this sentence carried out, but also by ensuring they receive the full benefits they deserve."
Hasan had said several times that he killed the soldiers to save the lives of Taliban and Al Qaeda fighters. The change in designation makes a huge difference in both money and benefits. Staff Sgt. Shawn Manning, who was wounded in the attack said he and his fellow soldiers were still "fighting the government and the Army to call this an act of terrorism."
"It's like a slap in the face."
A similar bill was defeated by the democrats in an earlier vote.