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« Reply #1940 on: December 03, 2014, 04:35:11 PM »

http://www.militarytimes.com/story/military/capitol-hill/2014/12/03/purple-heart-expansion/19834457/
Purple Hearts might be awarded in domestic terrorism cases
December 3, 2014

Victims of the 2009 Fort Hood shootings will be eligible to receive Purple Hearts and combat injury benefits under a provision included in the latest defense authorization deal.

The measure is expected to be approved by Congress next week, and would end a five-year quest by Texas lawmakers to get battlefield recognition for the soldiers killed in the deadliest attack on a domestic military installation in U.S. history.

It could also be a financial windfall for the families of the 13 people killed and 32 wounded in the attack.

The latest authorization draft stipulates that Purple Heart medals will be awarded to "members of the armed forces killed or wounded in domestic attacks inspired by foreign terrorist organizations."

The Fort Hood, Texas, shooter — Army psychiatrist Maj. Nidal Hasan — was allegedly inspired by al-Qaida but faced murder charges rather than international terrorism charges. He was convicted and sentenced to death.

Pentagon officials for years have said the shooting victims are not eligible for the Purple Heart and certain combat-injury compensation. Families of the victims have said they've faced thousands of dollars in uncovered medical expenses that would have been covered if the same injuries occurred in Iraq or Afghanistan.

The new Purple Heart regulations would change that, allowing defense officials to review the cases and award both the medal and the benefits to the Fort Hood victims as well as victims of similar domestic attacks.

House members have included the Purple Heart changes in their annual defense budget bills each of the last five years, but Pentagon and Senate leaders have blocked the moves. Rep. John Carter, R-Texas, who helped lead the push, said the new language was crafted with Senate cooperation and input from the military.

"This is finally going to be a recognition for their losses and injuries," he said. "For many of these soldiers, that medal is going to mean the most. They feel like they were attacked by the enemy. It just happened at their base, instead of overseas."

Regulations regarding who gets a Purple Heart — traditionally limited to those wounded in combat — have been debated in recent years amid ambiguity surrounding domestic attacks.

Troops injured at the Pentagon in the terrorist attack on Sept. 11, 2001, received it. Two Army recruiters shot by a radicalized Muslim outside of a recruiting station in Little Rock, Arkansas, in June 2009 did not.
 
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« Reply #1941 on: December 31, 2014, 01:09:43 PM »

http://www.statesman.com/ap/ap/texas/2009-fort-hood-attack-victims-file-new-purple-hear/njdW9/
Fort Hood victims file new Purple Heart petition
December 31, 2014


Survivors and relatives of those who died in the 2009 Fort Hood shooting filed a formal petition Wednesday to receive Purple Hearts and other benefits they have argued are long overdue.

More than five years after an Army psychiatrist opened fire on dozens of unarmed soldiers and killed 13 people, many survivors struggle to find jobs or support themselves. Congress approved new regulations in December aimed at forcing the U.S. Department of Defense to reconsider Fort Hood victims for the Purple Heart.

Wednesday's petition aims to start that process. Lawyers for a large group of victims and family members entered the petition in an ongoing federal lawsuit they filed against the Defense Department seeking damages due to the attack.

Military officials have denied the award to Fort Hood victims, calling the November 2009 attack an act of workplace violence, not terrorism. Advocates for the victims have pointed to gunman Nidal Hasan's attempts to contact a cleric that authorities have linked to al-Qaida, as well as statements Hasan made before and after the attack calling himself a "soldier of Allah" fighting America.

Hasan was convicted in August 2013 and sentenced to death.

The petition names the victims of the attack and describes each survivor's injuries and financial struggles.

Staff Sgt. Shawn Manning, shot six times by Hasan, still suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder and severe pain, according to the petition. Sgt. Rex Stalnaker, who helped pull soldiers to safety and was deployed to Afghanistan soon afterward, is "70 percent disabled and unemployable," the petition says.

It will likely take at least several months for the Defense Department to decide on the request. If approved, some victims and their families could receive hundreds of thousands of dollars' worth of payments and added benefits, though others would receive smaller amounts based on the severity of their injuries, said Reed Rubinstein, a Washington-based attorney for a large group of victims and family members.
 
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« Reply #1942 on: January 23, 2015, 02:01:45 PM »

Since they investigated themselves, I take this report with a grain of salt.  CYA baby... JMHO

http://www.statesman.com/news/news/local-military/fort-hood-shooting-report-calls-for-better-communi/njt3X/
Fort Hood shooting report pins no blame, calls for more communication
January 23, 2015

An Army investigative report on the April 2014 mass shooting at Fort Hood concludes there were no clear warning signs that commanders could have acted on to prevent the shooting, but also calls for better communication between units, Army medical facilities and between leaders and their soldiers.

Fort Hood spokesman Col. Christopher Garver said the Army post is evaluating and implementing the report’s recommendations.

“Fort Hood officials remain committed to doing what’s necessary to ensure the safety and security of all personnel on Fort Hood,” Garver said.

On April 2, 2014, Spc. Ivan López killed three of his fellow soldiers and wounded 16 others before killing himself.

A month before the rampage, a psychiatrist examined López, who had complained of a traumatic brain injury, and concluded he showed “no sign of likely violence,” according to Secretary of the Army.
 

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« Reply #1943 on: January 24, 2015, 07:25:44 PM »

http://www.kbtx.com/home/headlines/Army-Fort-Hood-Lacked-System-to-ID-Threat-of-2014-Rampage-289599751.html
Army: Fort Hood Lacked System to ID Threat of 2014 Rampage
January 23, 2014

FORT WORTH - Fort Hood officials say there were no clear warning signs before a soldier went on a rampage last April that left four dead and 16 wounded, according to a U.S. Army report released Friday.

There was no indication that Spc. Ivan Lopez would go on a two-block shooting spree before killing himself on April 2, the report concluded. It also said the chain of command would have had difficulty recognizing any personal problems leading up to the attack, because risk assessment relies on self-reporting and Lopez had been dishonest with his supervisors.

"In the absence of a system capable of identifying (Lopez) as a threat, and because the unit was unaware and unable to address the variety of stressors in (Lopez's) life, Fort Hood was not able to prevent the shooting," lead investigator Lt. Gen. Joseph E. Martz said in the report.

No single factor prompted the incident, the report said, despite Army investigators' previous findings that Lopez had been in an argument over a leave request.

Investigators have said the 34-year-old Iraq War veteran was undergoing treatment for depression and anxiety while being evaluated for post-traumatic stress disorder, but was not considered "likely" to commit violence.

He had recently lost two family members and faced financial difficulties, officials said. A spokesman for Lopez's family said in April that he was upset he was granted only a 24-hour leave - which was extended to two days - to attend his mother's funeral in Puerto Rico. Army spokesman Lt. Col. Donald Peters said it is "absolutely untrue" that he was granted only a day's leave, instead getting six days' leave.

The report said the deaths and financial problems could have had a cumulative effect on Lopez's emotional state.

"Since risk assessment tools depend on self-reporting, they are subject to the Soldier's willingness to identify risk factors accurately," the report said, adding that Lopez could sometimes be "misleading or deceptive."

The Army previously said it was logistically impossible to stop and search all 80,000 people who work on the sprawling base every day.

Recommendations in the report, for which more than 160 witnesses were interviewed, included exploring whether soldiers should register privately owned weapons with their commanders. Lopez flashed his badge to enter the base April 2 and carried out the shooting with .45-caliber Smith and Wesson that was not registered with the Army base.

Lopez's shooting occurred nearly five years after Army psychiatrist Nidal Hasan gunned down 13 people at a medical readiness building at Fort Hood. Hasan carried a high-powered pistol and several cartridges of ammunition into the building under his green Army fatigues and opened fire for several minutes.

An FBI review found that authorities missed several messages Hasan had sent to a Yemen-based cleric tied to terrorist activity. Evidence presented at his trial two years ago included testimony that he had trained to quickly fire the pistol at a nearby gun range.

 
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« Reply #1944 on: January 25, 2015, 12:39:20 PM »

 

http://www.kwtx.com/ourtown/home/headlines/Fort-Hood--Hearing-Scheduled-For-Hasan-At-Fort-Leavenworth-289616951.html
Fort Hood: Hearing Scheduled For Hasan At Fort Leavenworth
January 25, 2015

FORT HOOD (January 23, 2015) A post-trial hearing is scheduled Jan. 29 at Fort Leavenworth, Kan., in the case of Nidal Hasan, the Army psychiatrist who was sentenced to death for the Nov. 5, 2009 massacre at Fort Hood.

Hasan was sent to the military’s death row at Fort Leavenworth after he was convicted of killing 13 and wounding more than 30 in a shooting rampage at Fort Hood’s Soldier Readiness Center.

Military Judge Col Tara Osborn, who presided over Hasan’s court-martial, called the Article 39a hearing to review matters including post-trial rights, the trial record and post-trial representation for Hasan, whose mandatory appeals have not yet started.

Article 39a sessions are used to deal with matters much as sidebar conferences outside of the presence of the jury are used in civilian courts.
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