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    Fort Hood Victims Awarded Purple Hearts After Long, Controversial Battle

    Today the military awarded the victims and survivors of the 2009 Fort Hood attack with Purple Hearts and other medals, after a more than five-year-long bureaucratic struggle over whether the awards were deserved.

    Kimberly Munley, the former police sergeant credited with stopping the attack, and civilian Michael Cahill, who was killed, were honored with Defense of Freedom Medals.
    Fort Hood Victims Awarded Purple Hearts After Long, Controversial Battle - ABC News

    About damn time.
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    Re: Fort Hood Victims Awarded Purple Hearts After Long, Controversial Battle

    Agreed but, they are still fighting for the benefits.
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    Re: Fort Hood Victims Awarded Purple Hearts After Long, Controversial Battle

    Quote Originally Posted by WCH View Post
    Agreed but, they are still fighting for the benefits.
    I hope this will make it easier.
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    Re: Fort Hood Victims Awarded Purple Hearts After Long, Controversial Battle

    Quote Originally Posted by Blue_State View Post
    I hope this will make it easier.
    No kidding - what a cluster this has been for the victims.

    Typical bull**** government tactics.
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    Re: Fort Hood Victims Awarded Purple Hearts After Long, Controversial Battle

    It seems to me that purple hearts are a bit too much. All it does is remove value from what a purple heart really is. Now a purple heart is pretty much meaningless.

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    Re: Fort Hood Victims Awarded Purple Hearts After Long, Controversial Battle

    Quote Originally Posted by ggwilder View Post
    It seems to me that purple hearts are a bit too much. All it does is remove value from what a purple heart really is. Now a purple heart is pretty much meaningless.
    They were wounded for all purposes an enemy combatant, this doesn't take anything from the purple heart.

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    Re: Fort Hood Victims Awarded Purple Hearts After Long, Controversial Battle

    Quote Originally Posted by SMTA View Post
    No kidding - what a cluster this has been for the victims.

    Typical bull**** government tactics.
    I have a sneaking suspiscion that this is not the fault of the "government", but rather one individual. Designating the victims eligible for medals and benefits means acknowledging that the shooter was islamically motivated and attacked for religous reasons. Obama has had alot of trouble making those types of acknowlegements.

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    Re: Fort Hood Victims Awarded Purple Hearts After Long, Controversial Battle

    The survivors being denied benefits is a continuing outrage. And I don't think that Purple Hearts are "a bit much."

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    Re: Fort Hood Victims Awarded Purple Hearts After Long, Controversial Battle

    So does this mean anytime a soldier is killed stateside by someone for political reasons that it will merit the Purple Heart? If it does, that is fine, I just want us to be consistent.

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    Re: Fort Hood Victims Awarded Purple Hearts After Long, Controversial Battle

    Quote Originally Posted by BrewerBob View Post
    So does this mean anytime a soldier is killed stateside by someone for political reasons that it will merit the Purple Heart? If it does, that is fine, I just want us to be consistent.
    No, of course, it doesn't. Why are you trying to illogically extend the point to include all soldiers killed stateside for any reason for political reasons?

    The Purple Heart is awarded to those injured by an enemy, and this was a terrorist attack.

    From the Christian Science Monitor [bolding mine]:

    It was a rider included in the 2015 defense budget that expanded the parameters for Purple Heart eligibility, reclassifying the victims' injuries as the result of an attack inspired by a terrorist group, rather than a workplace injury. Since its inception, the medal’s most basic requirement has been that recipients be injured at the hands of an enemy.

    The medal ceremony this week, and the latest legislation that allowed the Purple Heart awards to move forward, reflect the new realities of war, says Phillip Carter, director of the Military, Veterans, and Society Program at the Center for a New American Security.

    “We’ve entered a more complex era where we don’t just fight overseas, but at home, too,” he says. “There’s no principled reason to divide the victims of 9/11 from Fort Hood from some victims in Baghdad.” Fort Hood shooting: why it took five years to award victims Purple Hearts (+video) - CSMonitor.com

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