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Monday, September 2, 2013 - 4:47pm
KILLEEN, TX — U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX), Congressman John R. Carter (R-TX 31) and Congressman Roger Williams (R-TX 25) announced new legislation, the Honoring the Fort Hood Heroes Act, to be introduced in both Houses of Congress that would honor and support the victims of the Fort Hood shooting.
“We are a nation at war, and the location in which our men and women in uniform come under hostile fire from a terrorist should not unduly prejudice them and their families from receiving the full honors, recognition and benefits associated with their courageous service,” said Sen. Cornyn.
“As a nation, we have a sacred obligation to take care of them.”
"This legislation will ensure the victims of this obvious act of terrorism receive the benefits they not only need, but justly deserve,” Congressman Carter said.
The Honoring the Fort Hood Heroes Act would correct this inequity and provide these benefits to the Fort Hood victims.
Under this legislation, victims and families of victims of the Fort Hood terrorist attack would be made eligible for certain benefits that have been withheld from them, including:
• 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;
• Combat-related injury rehabilitation pay; and
• Meals at military treatment facilities.