Rep. Williams sponsoring Fort Hood shooting bill
UPDATED: Wednesday, August 7, 2013 - 8:34pm
Ft. Hood, TX — As the trial continues for Fort Hood Shooter Major Nidal Hasan, one Texas congressman is renewing efforts to help those directly affected by the shooting.
Rep. Roger Williams of Austin and others have proposed house bill H.R.3049 which aims to help wounded soldiers in the November 2009 shooting.
The incident was labeled as 'work-place violence' instead of an act of terrorism.
Because of that label, those soldiers have been denied combat-related healthcare, as well as other personal expenses resulting from their injuries.
The bill was introduced last Friday.
“Certainly, this administration and this president said after the act four years ago, ‘We would not forget.’ Well, a lot of us feel like they have forgotten and now it’s time to remember. That’s why we are focused now as the trial for these victims gets underway. We're making sure they get the benefits they deserve," said Williams.
One of the requests written in the bill is to award Purple Hearts to those shot by Hasan.