Sen. Moran Introduces Bill to Support Victims of Fort Hood Shooting
Legislation would designate the Fort Hood shooting a terrorist attack, which would make victims and their families eligible for benefits that have been previously withheld
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) joined U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-Texas) to introduce the Honoring the Fort Hood Heroes Act, legislation to honor and support the victims of the Nov. 5, 2009, Fort Hood shooting. The bill will make certain the victims of the Fort Hood attack receive the same benefits as their deployed counterparts who are wounded or killed either through enemy action abroad or a terrorist attack. Sens. Moran and Cornyn were joined in introducing the bill by U.S. Sens. Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Ted Cruz (R-Texas).
“For nearly four years, the victims of the tragic Fort Hood shooting have failed to receive the equal honor and respect they deserve because the attack took place on U.S. soil rather than in a designated combat zone such as Afghanistan,” Sen. Moran said. “I am proud to introduce legislation to correct this injustice and provide much-deserved recognition and benefits to the Fort Hood shooting victims.”
“The wheels of justice have turned too slowly for the victims of the terrorist attack at Fort Hood four years ago. We must direct our attention to the people who deserve it, and that is the victims and their families. As a nation, we have a sacred obligation to take care of them,” Sen. Cornyn said.
In addition to current benefits inequity the Fort Hood victims, the Federal Government set a historic precedent when it awarded military victims of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks with the Purple Heart medal, and civilian victims with the Secretary of Defense Medal for the Defense of Freedom. Sen. Moran’s legislation states that the same precedent should be followed for the Fort Hood victims.
Under the Honoring the Fort Hood Heroes Act, victims and families of victims would be made eligible for certain benefits that have been withheld from them, including:
A companion version of the Honoring the Fort Hood Heroes Act has been introduced in the House of Representatives by U.S. Reps. John R. Carter (R-Texas 31) and Roger Williams (R-Texas 25). Please find a full bill summary below:
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