Fort Hood Shooting Hero Says Survivors Have Been ‘Betrayed’ by Our Country

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It’s been over three years since Nidal Hasan shouted “Allahu akbar” and opened fire at the Fort Hood Military base in Texas. He killed 13 people (14 if you include the child one female soldier was carrying) and wounded 32 others before being taken down by former Sgt. Kimberly Munley and her partner Sgt. Mark Todd.

Munley was honored by President Obama at the State of the Union address in 2010, but now she says she feels “betrayed” by the Commander-in-Chief. In a tearful interview, she told ABD News, “Betrayed is a good word … Not to the least little bit have the victims been taken care of … in fact they’ve been neglected.”

The survivors of the Fort Hood shooting claim that have been denied the recognition and benefits awarded to those that are injured on duty -- like in a terrorist attack for example. The military has denied the victims a Purple Heart, and is classifying the event as “workplace violence” rather than “combat related” or terrorism.

Dozens of the soldiers are now filing suit against the military over the difference, claiming that they have received lower priority access to medical care and financial benefits than veterans and those with “combat related” injuries. They believe that Army Secretary John McHugh and others are avoiding acknowledging the attack as terrorism due to political correctness.

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Shawn Manning was shot six times by Hasan, and two of the bullets remain in his leg and spine. Previously deployed twice to Iraq, he had to retire because of his injuries. Of the higher ups, he says, "These guys play stupid every time they're asked a question about it, they pretend like they have no clue … It was no different than an insurgent in Iraq or Afghanistan trying to kill us.”

Another victim, Alonza Lunsfeld, was shot seven times and blinded in one eye. “It’s a slap in the face,” he says, “Not only for me but for all of the 32 that wore the uniform that day.”

Former Sgt. Munley feels doubly hurt by the neglect, as she now believes that the White House used her for political gain when they invited her to sit next to Michelle Obama during the State of the Union address in 2010. She has no problem speaking out now. “We got tired of being neglected,” she says, “So this was our last resort and I’m not ashamed of it a bit.”

The chairman of the House Homeland Security committee Rep. Michal McCaul is leading the charge to force the military and the Obama administration to give the wounded and dead the recognition and honors they deserve.

"It was clearly an act of terrorism that occurred that day, there's no question in my mind," McCaul told ABC News. "I think the victims should be treated as such."

I couldn’t agree more. These people were heroes, killed or wounded in the line of duty. Treating them as anything other than that does a disservice everyone that serves in the military.

Do you think these soldiers are being treated fairly in the aftermath of the Fort Hood attack?


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Histo... HistoryMamaX3

Political correctness is sadly one of those ideas that may have been in good faith... but has really brought us nothing but trouble.

wamom223 wamom223

I believe this was an act of terrorism and that these people are victims of political correctness.  But this President doesn't care about reality he cares about how things look and that was proven in his speech tonight.  

handy... handy0318

That absolutely was a terrorist attack and it's shameful the way the soldiers are being treated. 

Nelli... NellieAthome

Veterans get  access and services as needed, they are not prioritized based on combat vs non-combat injuries. Never have been, never will be. Access to services is the same for all veterans. 


The President (whom I did not vote for) cannot just over ride military and governmental regulations and grant special privileges  or medals to some people just because he feels like it.  There are reasons for not declaring this an act of terrorism which have nothing to do with political correctness and everything to do with who gets to try and punish the shooter.

BirdCo BirdCo

Simply this is a case of domestic terrorism and for it to be treated as anything else is a slap in the face of all those involved.

bills... billsfan1104

Where were they mentioned in the State of the Union? Oh nowhere. I bet if they were all shot and killed or injured by a white man, he would of mentioned them

TheTr... TheTruthTeller

They were mentioned in 2010, billsfan. Why would Obama mention a four year old shooting? And why are you jumping on the race card?

bills... billsfan1104

Truth, so what? He mentioned all the other shootings. And I am not playing the race card, I should of said "white Christian man". Because a Muslim terrorist shot these soldiers, Obama doesn't want to step on a Muslim's toes.

What is a shame, is that prisoners have better health benefits and my welfare cow neighbor who doesn't work and a drain on society, has better benefits than these soldiers do. That is a shame

bills... billsfan1104

And Truthteller don't they "deserve a vote" too?

amste... amsteimer

NellieAthome.....that is not true. I suggest you do some research first before claiming that all veterans have the same access to care. There is a priority system for verterans wanting to recieve care based on service connected disabilities and income. As far as them being awarded the purple heart, based on the requirements, I don't see how they have not been awarded. This medal is awarded in the name of the President. I'm not sure how much pull he would have but I'm sure if he felt they deserved it, there would be a way.

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