Victims of the 2009 Fort Hood terror attack will be awarded Purple Hearts from the U.S. Army, Catherine Herridge reported today on "Happening Now."

Since the deadly shooting in which 13 people were killed and more than 30 wounded, victims and their families have been pressuring the military to award them the Purple Heart.  

Fox News reported:

They got a boost when Congress passed recent funding legislation requiring the Defense Department to reconsider whether the victims qualify for the honor. At the time, a lawyer for victims of the shooting and their families told Fox News that some victims are still so damaged physically and mentally they are unable to work five years after the massacre -- and the benefits that come with the Purple Heart would be a lifeline.

Herridge stated that the Army reevaluated the Fort Hood shooting and found the attack was directed by a foreign terrorist organization. She said that the shooter, former Army psychiatrist Nidal Hasan, was "exchanging emails with radical American cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, who, at the time, was a leader of Al Qaeda in Yemen." 

Because of the evidence, Herridge said that officials were forced to change the classification of the attack from "workplace violence," to calling it a terrorist attack.

"I would emphasize that our ongoing reporting here at Fox News really helped to drive the point home," she shared. "We were among the first to say that it was a terrorist attack."

"Our ongoing reporting successfully showed and really revealed the true extent of Major Nidal Hasan's relationship with Anwar al-Awlaki. Even his own lawyer told Fox News that there's no question in his mind that his radical view of Islam was one of the main drivers in the attack."

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