GOOD NEWS 'Sad That It Took 5 Years': Fort Hood Survivors Set to Get Purple Hearts
No thanks to the White House, but the victims of the Fort Hood terror attack may finally be honored with Purple Hearts.
House Republicans, working with the Democratic-controlled Senate Armed Services Committee, added a provision to the defense authorization bill that would give battlefield recognition to the victims of the deadliest attack on a domestic military installation in U.S. history. It passed on a voice vote with strong bipartisan support.
The survivors of the attack and the families of those who died have long battled the Obama administration to label the shooting rampage an act of terror. The Pentagon has controversially classified the attack as "workplace violence," which affects whether the victims can receive combat-related benefits.
Sgt. Alonzo Lunsford, who survived being wounded seven times by Nidal Hasan, has been a vocal critic of the administration for its stance on the attack. He reacted to the news that he may soon get a Purple Heart for his service.
"I’m happy that we have reached this point, but then again, I’m sad that our own Commander in Chief has not acknowledged what has happened the correct way. And I’m trying to figure out a reason why he is dragging his feet. But, the good thing about it is that with patience and due diligence we have gotten to this point and it’s been a long, long painful process," he said.
Lunsford said the enemy has changed tactics since 9/11, adding that Fort Hood was a battlefield on that day in 2009. With a daughter who is graduating from high school and another one already in college, he noted that it's difficult for veterans to survive on just retirement pay.
"To have put your life on the line for freedom and then to have the people that are in charge of our infrastructure, our government, to treat you that way, just basically turn their back on you is embarrassing," said Lunsford.
Watch the full interview above.