Cruz: 'It is Outrageous' Fort Hood Shooting Victims Denied Benefits
Victims of the 2009 Fort Hood terror attack will be awarded Purple Hearts today from the U.S. Army.
Since the deadly shooting in which 13 people were killed and more than 30 wounded, victims and their families have pressured the military for Purple Hearts.
Last month, it was announced that the Army reevaluated the Fort Hood shooting and changed the classification of the attack from "workplace violence" to a terrorist attack.
Fox News reported yesterday that "the military, at least in one case, is still denying benefits for injuries sustained in the attack."
Shawn Manning, who was seriously injured in the attack, told Fox News that he isn't receiving all of the benefits, despite the fact that two bullets are still in his body and that he suffers from PTSD.
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) weighed in on "Fox and Friends" this morning, stating that he was "very proud" to introduce the legislation to change the characterization, which allows the Purple Hearts to be rewarded.
The GOP presidential candidate also stated that it's a huge problem that not all the benefits will be distributed to those awarded the Purple Heart.
"It is outrageous and it's indefensible," he said. "One of the reasons we fought so hard to pass the legislation to require the Purple Hearts to be awarded is precisely so that these soldiers get the benefits they deserve. It shouldn't have taken five years; this should have happened five years ago."
He shared that he plans on reaching out to the secretary of defense personally about this problem.
"Enough games, five year is far too long," Cruz said. "We need to acknowledge the heroism of these soldiers. It's my responsibility to fight for 27 million Texans every day in the Senate. I will continue to fight until every one of these soldiers receives the benefits they deserve for standing on the front lines against terrorism to defend this nation."
"This morning is an opportunity to thank the soldiers, to thank the civilians who lost their lives and to recognize their heroism," Cruz said.
Watch the video above to hear more.
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