Texas' congressional leaders are ramping up efforts to make sure victims of the worst mass shooting on a military base get the benefits they need, reports the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Now that Maj. Nidal Hasan has been sentenced to death for the deadly 2009 Fort Hood shooting rampage, they want to make sure that the dozens of military men and women shot during the 2009 attack are no longer denied some combat-related healthcare and benefits.
They and others have been working to address this issue for years, since the shooting was classified as “workplace violence” rather than an act of terrorism. On Monday, several Republican leaders will meet in Killeen to discuss new legislation they plan to address in both chambers of Congress geared to support the shooting victims. Their proposal would give the shooting victims the same status given to victims of the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, and the Fort Hood shootings would officially be declared a terrorist attack on the United States.