Victims of the Fort Hood shooting rampage of Major Nidal Hasan are just a presidential signature away from being eligible to receive the award of the Purple Heart for injuries or deaths sustained in the attack. A provision for awarding the medals was included in the controversial National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) passed by the Senate on Friday and the House of Representatives last week. The House bill contains language similar to that introduced earlier this year in the Senate by Texas Senators John Cornyn and Ted Cruz.
“While long overdue, this is welcome news for the wounded, the family members of the fallen and the entire Fort Hood community who came under terrorist attack 5 years ago,” said Sen. Cornyn in an exclusive statement to Breitbart Texas. “This close-knit community has endured great loss in recent years, and I am pleased we are now one step closer to delivering this important piece of justice to the victims and their families.”
The bill now moves to the desk of President Barack Obama for his signature to make it the law of the land.
This writer previously reported in May, the passage of the Senate’s version of the NDAA. At that time, Sen. Cornyn said, “Since the days following the attack on Fort Hood in November 2009, we’ve been fighting to ensure justice is served for the men and women who lost their lives or were injured. It’s been a lengthy fight and I’m glad to report today that the Pentagon’s misplaced notions of ‘workplace violence’ have been largely put to rest.”