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WASHINGTON — After a hard-fought battle by lawmakers, the U.S. Army announced Friday that the victims of the Fort Hood shootings in 2009 will receive Purple Heartmedals and the civilian equivalent, theDefense of Freedom awards, and the benefits that accompany them.
The 13 people killed and 32 injured by a Muslim extremist, who was also a U.S. soldier and psychiatrist, had been denied the recognition until Congress passed legislation, and the president signed it, last year that put them on a par with the victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
“The Purple Heart’s strict eligibility criteria had prevented us from awarding it to victims of the horrific attack at Fort Hood,” said Secretary of the Army John McHugh in announcing the decision. “Now that Congress has changed the criteria, we believe there is sufficient reason to allow these men and women to be awarded and recognized with either the Purple Heart or, in the case of civilians, the Defense of Freedom medal. It’s an appropriate recognition of their service and sacrifice.”Read more here: McClatchy DC