Rep. John Carter
Sep 17th - 4:51 pm
Texas lawmakers in Washington are moving forward with a bill to reclassify the Fort Hood shooting as an act of terrorism. Tuesday, Reps. John Carter and Roger Williams filed their version of the legislation. The bill has 118 co-sponsors, including Texas Rep. Michael McCaul.
The military designated the 2009 mass shooting on the Army post as an “act of workplace violence.” Reclassifying the shooting would give victims and their families access to the same benefits as those killed in combat.
“It’s very, very clear that the intent of Mr. Hasan was to kill soldiers to keep them off the battlefield. In his way of thinking, he was on the battlefield. Rep. Carter said in an interview yesterday. “I felt like this was clearly a terrorist attack.”
According to lawmakers, those benefits could include:
- Combat-related special compensation
- Maximum coverage under Servicemembers’ Group Life Insurance
- Tax breaks after death in combat zone or terrorist attack
- Special pay for subjection to hostile fire or imminent danger
- Unearned portions of bonuses
- Combat-related injury rehabilitation pay
- Meals at military treatment facilities
The Honoring the Fort Hood Heroes Act is a companion bill to legislation already filed in the Senate. That bill is sponsored by Sens. John Cornyn and Ted Cruz.