Roger Williams Announces Fort Hood Purple Heart Recipients to Receive Benefits
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Roger Williams (R-Texas) today released the following statement after the Secretary of the Army John McHugh announced that he has directed the U.S. Army to “provide all possible benefits to the victims of the 2009 attack at Fort Hood who were recently awarded the Purple Heart” last Friday at a ceremony at Fort Hood:
"Last week we were solemnly reminded of the sacrifices our soldiers make, and today we are thankful that their service has officially been recognized,” said Williams. “Just when we thought we had crossed the finish line we learned the race wasn’t over. Today I am happy to announce that after more than five years of work these brave men and women and their families will finally receive what they so rightfully deserve.”
According to a statement from the U.S. Army, “the benefits ordered by McHugh is payment of hostile fire pay for those Purple Heart recipients ‘killed, injured, or wounded’ in the attack, as well as combat-related special compensation for retired soldiers whose disability is attributable to an injury for which they were awarded the Purple Heart.”
A report to determine additional benefits, including compensation, will be due back to Secretary McHugh next month.
Williams was instrumental in passing federal legislation to ensure the victims of the attack received these awards.
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