So let me understand……….
The Military Leadership and Administration has decided that those soldiers that survived the Ft Hood attack cannot receive the Purple Heart. This is a medal awarded to soldiers wounded in a hostile environment or a terrorist attack. Labeling it a terrorist attack also opens the families up for additional help financially. They are denying it for two reasons.
- They considered it a “ Work place violence attack” rather than a terrorist attack
- They are concerned that Major Hassan will not receive a fair trial since the judges and court might be influenced by the label or medal awarding
Let us look at this again. After 911, we awarded medals and honors to all those who aided in the recovery. Funding was raised and distributed to the families of those who lost their lives or to those hurt. It was not held up for fear that when we caught those responsible could not be fairly put on trial.
It appears to me this is case where the Government is more concerned about the appearance of fairness and/or correctness than supporting the troops who risk their lives protecting us.