Senate Supports Purple Heart for Fort Hood Victims
by Richard Sisk
Dec 13, 2013
The Senate has backed a proposal that could lead to the issuing of Purple Hearts to victims of the Fort Hood massacre and an attack on a Little Rock recruiting station.
The proposed National Defense Authorization Act legislation included a section directing the service secretaries to review whether the Fort Hood and Little Rock victims rated the Purple Heart, the nation's oldest military award.
Under the bill, the secretaries would have to report back within six months and specifically address the question of whether the victims were "killed or wounded as a result of an act of an enemy of the United States," a requirement for the award of the Purple Heart.
Thirteen people, including a pregnant soldier, were killed and 32 were wounded in the Nov. 5, 2009, gun rampage by Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, an Army psychiatrist, at Fort Hood, Texas.
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