Rep. John Carter (TX) wrote a blog post in rememberance of the Ft. Hood victims, noting that they should be honored as victims of combat. Read the following excerpt from Red County:
I’ve spent several days during the past two weeks in my district at Fort Hood, visiting soldiers and family members who were injured or lost loved ones during the tragic shooting on Nov. 5.
And as far as I’m concerned, this was an enemy attack on American troops on American soil. As one soldier who was shot six times told me, victims were sought out because they were in their Army uniforms.
That being said, it’s only appropriate that these soldiers, who were in fact standing in line to get processed to go into war zones, should be entitled to all the benefits we have established to honor those wounded or killed in combat.
I introduced a bill on Tuesday that would grant combatant status to those who were injured or killed during the Fort Hood attack.
This is about giving soldiers the benefits other soldiers are given if unfortunate enough to be killed or injured in the combat zone.