UPDATED: Friday, July 27, 2012 - 10:28am
FORT HOOD -- The U.S. Senate could soon pass a bill that could be some compensation for victims of the Fort Hood shooting.
If passed, the bill will give victims of the shooting the same honors and benefits as those killed or wounded in a combat zone overseas.
It's been labeled by some in the Senate as the deadliest terrorist attack in the U.S. since September 11, 2001.
Kerry Cahill's father, Michael Cahill, was killed in that attack.
"I know this is a much more complicated issue, and there's a lot of things that I don't necessarily know. But at the end of the day, he was a murderer," said Cahill. "Hiding behind a religion or a cause doesn't add nobility to the killing of unarmed innocent people, and it certainly does not remove the consequences of murder for any of those involved. Glorifying these horrible people on the covers of magazines should not be a consequence of heinous acts."
Senator Cornyn says now the federal government has the chance to do the right thing by victims after they failed to prevent the November 5th terrorist attack on Fort Hood.
That's if they pass a bill that would give the victims and their families the same benefits and honors as those fighting overseas.
"The event itself was one day, and now we've got people who are going to be living with this mentally and physically for the rest of their lives. This is one way to help make those lives a little easier," said Cahill.
The bill says victims would be eligible for the Purple Heart at the discretion of the military. It also expresses that Congress believes those killed or wounded in the Fort Hood Massacre should receive the Purple Heart or the Medal for the Defense of Freedom for civilian employees, just as if they were in a combat zone.
During the one year anniversary, we were reminded of what many agree was a combat zone on U.S. soil.
"Our resolve is strengthened by those who rushed toward the burning building, toward the sound of gun shots and the chaos and destruction to lend their hands and sometimes render their lives in service to their fellow man," said one speaker at the one year ceremony.
The bill was written by Senators Cornyn, Hutchinson and Carter.
Cahill says she hopes to help them get it passed so she can help victims and soldiers just like her father would have if he were still alive.