The victims of the Fort Hood shootings are receiving Purple Hearts, but the military is continuing to deny benefits for the injuries that the soldiers sustained in the attack, something one man who was shot says is “unheard of.”
“I think it’s almost unheard of for someone to receive the Purple Heart but not have their injuries deemed combat-related,” former Staff Sgt. Shawn Manning, who still carries two bullets in his body from the attack, told Fox News. “I know that was not what Congress intended to have happen, but it is what currently the Army has determined is going to happen.”
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Manning has also been suffering from PTSD since the Nov. 5, 2009, incident, when Maj. Nidal Hasan shot him and several other victims in a terrorist attack that has since been linked to al-Qaida.
The Defense Department initially classified the attacks as workplace violence, but changed the designation to terrorism. In this year’s defense budget, the National Defense Authorization Act, there is language saying a person injured or killed in an attack inspired or motivated by a foreign terrorist organization can receive the Purple Heart and the Defense of Freedom Medal.