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Our view: Fort Hood bill deserves quick passage

5:06 PM, Sep. 18, 2013  |  Comments
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The family of Sgt. Amy Krueger will never get back what Maj. Nidal Hasan took away when he went on a shooting rampage at Fort Hood, Texas on Nov. 5, 2009.

Krueger, from Kiel, and 12 others were killed and 30 wounded after Hasan opened fire in what the federal government needs to officially label an act of terrorism rather than workplace violence.

US Reps. Tom Petri and Sean Duffy introduced a bill this week to do just that. It would set in place a mechanism to grant Fort Hood victims and their families the same benefits as members of the Armed Forces killed or wounded in combat, including life insurance, tax breaks and injury rehabilitation pay.

It is encouraging that the bill already has more than 100 co-sponsors in the House and appears headed for passage.

It became clear during his trial and sentencing that Hasan was motivated by radical Islamic extremism and had become a sworn enemy of the United States. That makes what he did an act of terror directed at the country.

We join Jerilyn Krueger, Amy Krueger's mother, in praising Petri for going to bat on behalf of the Fort Hood victims. Petri has represented Wisconsin's Sixth District since 1979 and seldom stirs the pot of controversy. He will at times, however, take a shot across the bow.

Petri said this week that administration officials have been reticent to call the Fort Hood shooting a terrorist act because it would add another blemish to their anti-terror record.

"I just think there's a natural bureaucratic incentive to say you're doing a good job and therefore you haven't had any terrorist attacks on your watch when in fact, this could easily have been classified as a terrorist attack," he said.

Predictably, the Defense Department had no response, citing the pending legislation.

Whatever the motivation for failure to thus far label Fort Hood an act of terrorism, it is time for that to change. Those killed or maimed in the attack deserve to be recognized for the sacrifice they made for their country, and they deserve the government benefits that go along with that.

The Honoring the Fort Hood Heroes Act also would require the Pentagon to award Purple Hearts to members of the military who were killed or wounded in the shooting and Defense of Freedom medals to civilians killed or wounded.

It is appropriate that Petri and Duffy introduced the legislation because two of those killed and four of the wounded were from Wisconsin. In addition to Krueger, Capt. Russell Seager of Mount Pleasant was killed. Injured were Amber Bahr of Random Lake, Dorrie Carskadon of Madison, Grant Moxon of Lodi and Sgt. John Pagel of Denzer.

To these brave soldiers and their families, we again express our gratitude for their service. We hope this legislation passes quickly and extends the benefits they so richly deserve.

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