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Military Victims Of Fort Hood Terrorist Attack May Be Eligible For Purple Heart

The Senate Armed Services Committee has unanimously adopted Sen. John Cornyn’s measure to ensure the military victims of the 2009 Fort Hood terrorist attack are eligible for all the honors and benefits available to their fellow U.S. troops who have fallen victim to international terrorist attacks, especially Purple Heart awards.

In addition,  U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, offered the measure as an amendment to the 2015 Defense Authorization bill.

“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,” Sen. Cornyn said. “Last November, I authored a floor amendment to make sure the victims of this 2009 terrorist attack are eligible for the honors and benefits they so rightly deserve, but Senate Democrats blocked its consideration. Today, my amendment was adopted by the Senate Armed Services Committee, taking us one step closer to our goal.  I’m grateful to Sen. Cruz for sponsoring it, and I’m hopeful the Defense Authorization bill will be brought to the Senate floor immediately.”

After his exchange with Director Comey yesterday, Sen. Cornyn responded to an inquiry from Breitbart Texas and said, “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.”

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