Hear Why a Fort Hood Survivor Is Still Waiting for His Combat Benefits
It’s been exactly six years since Shawn Manning was shot six times in the 2009 Fort Hood massacre.
Since then, he and his fellow survivors of what later became categorized as a terrorist attack have received Purple Hearts.
The Army Secretary also personally vowed to ensure that Manning – a former Staff Sergeant – would receive benefits for his injuries. To this day, those include two bullets that remain lodged in his back and leg.
Seven months on, however, Manning is still being denied these benefits, Catherine Herridge reported on “Happening Now” this afternoon.
Email correspondence obtained by Fox News shows that his case is still on hold, as an Army board says it is requesting more information.
An official email reads:
“Currently we are waiting on final guidance from Department of the Army that would inform us as to whether his conditions can be determined to meet combat-related criteria.”
The classification is important, said Herridge, “because it affects Manning’s retirement and medical benefits.”
“I think it's almost unheard of for someone to receive the Purple Heart but not have their injuries deemed combat-related,” the former serviceman told Fox News in April.
Watch more of what Manning has to say above.