[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]The Obama regime has refused to call the 2009 shooting at Fort Hood a terrorist attack, instead referring to it as workplace violence. Obama took this stance despite the fact that the shooter proclaimed “Allahu Akbhar” as he went on his killing spree. After a six year battle, victims of that Fort Hood terrorist attack were awarded the Purple Heart. However, the Obama regime refused to also give them the benefits that come with being a Purple Heart recipient. One week after the Purple Heart ceremony, it has been announced that the medal recipients would receive full benefits that go along with such a designation.[/vc_column_text][banner300 banner=”5517620b381df”][vc_column_text]In an April 14 memo, Army Secretary John McHugh wrote “In addition to the Purple Heart medal, there are certain other benefits for which Soldiers receiving the Purple Heart are traditionally eligible. I intend to ensure that the soldiers receiving the Purple Heart under the expanded criteria also receive all other related benefits for which they are eligible.”
The Hill reported on these benefits that will be received by the more than 40 victims of this terrorist attack.
McHugh, a former GOP member of the House Armed Services Committee, ordered benefits that include payment of hostile-fire pay for Purple Heart recipients “killed, injured or wounded” in the attacks and combat-related special compensation for retired troops disabled in the shootings.
Texas Senator Ted Cruz, issued a statement thanking McHugh for ordering the Army to give all possible benefits to those recently awarded Purple Heart recipients who were victims of the 2009 terrorist attack.
“I am pleased to learn Secretary McHugh has directed that all appropriate benefits be provided to those who received the Purple Heart at last Friday’s Fort Hood ceremony, as Congress intended. The Secretary’s decision to provide hostile fire pay and combat-related special compensation finally provides appropriate recognition for those who were killed and injured during this heinous terrorist attack against our nation. I thank Secretary McHugh for providing a definitive response and clear guidance to ensure this matter is resolved as quickly as possible.”
Thirteen people were killed and 31 were injured when Army Major Nidal Malik Hassan, a psychiatrist, committed jihad on the army base. These victims of this terrorist attack, and the surviving family members of those who died, will now receive these long overdue benefits.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]