Why was This Fort Hood Shooting Victim Denied Benefits?

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    On November 5, 2009, Major Nidal Hasan went on a shooting rampage at Fort Hood near Killeen, Texas, killing 13 people and injuring over 30 others. Although the investigation showed that Hasan was motivated by his radical Islamic ideology, the Obama administration formally designated the tragedy as “workplace violence.” Fox News is reporting that the government will finally treat the shooting as a terrorist incident, but even though the survivors are now eligible for Purple Hearts, one wounded serviceman will not receive any benefits from the Army.

    Shawn Manning
    Source: Fox News

    Shawn Manning, who was a Staff Sergeant at the time of the attack, was shot six times. Two bullets remain in his body and he has been diagnosed with PTSD. Up until the Defense Department changed its classification of the shooting, Manning was not eligible for benefits because his injuries were not sustained in the line of duty.

    When Manning received news that the 2015 National Defense Authorization Act deemed him eligible for a Purple Heart, he resubmitted his paperwork because he believed that he now qualified for benefits. His application was denied: “Nowhere in the act, however, does it offer combat benefits for service members permanently disabled in attacks inspired or motivated by foreign terrorist organizations. Although subsequent and guidance may change, currently, the Board has no authority to award V1/V3 (service related) designation to soldiers disabled during the Fort Hood attack,” read the letter that Manning received.

    In a statement to Fox News, Manning expressed his disappointment with the decision. “I think it’s almost unheard of for someone to receive the Purple Heart but not have their injuries deemed combat-related. I know that was not what Congress intended to have happen, but it is what currently the Army has determined is going to happen,” said Manning.

    The Army itself remains cagey on the issue of whether or not they believe Manning’s situation is fair. According to a statement from Army spokeswoman Cynthia O. Smith to Fox News, “all recipients of the Purple Heart Medal under section 571 of the NDAA 2015 will receive the benefits to which they are legally entitled. In the case at issue, no final decision has been rendered, and the Soldier will have a full opportunity to present evidence at a formal hearing.” Said hearing has yet to be scheduled, and no official word has been released as to whether or not this hearing will even take place.

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