Tonight on ABC World News Diane Sawyer will interview Fort Hood heroine Sgt. Kimberly Munley. New (and possibly disturbing) footage of the tragedy that killed 13, including a pregnant soldier and wounded 32 others will be shown.
In 2010, the White House arranged for the Fort Hood sergeant and her partner, who managed to stop the shooter and his rampage, to receive a hero’s welcome at the State of the Union address. At that time the president promised Munley that all the victims would be well cared for.
Instead the shooting was classified as workplace violence causing many of the victims and their families to lose benefits they would have received had this been classified as a terrorist act.
“Betrayed is a good word,” former Sgt. Munley told ABC News in a tearful interview to be broadcast tonight on “World News with Diane Sawyer” and “Nightline.”
“Not to the least little bit have the victims been taken care of,” she said. “In fact they’ve been neglected.”
This is a story that should need little explanation.
On November 5, 2009 members of our military were gunned down by an Islamist Extremist shooter. The president and his administration have told us the war on terror is a war against a small but extreme group of religious zealots yet, they chose to ignore the shooter’s affiliation with radical Islam. Though the shooter had numerous exchanges with known terrorists, particularly Anwar al-Awlaki labeled by this administration as a leader of global terrorism with ties to al Qaeda (and who was ordered killed in a US lead drone attack) the Fort Hood Massacre was categorized as workplace violence.
Stars and Stripes: Classifying the shooting as terrorism will allow the victims to receive combat-related special compensation that provides disability pay for medically retired service members. The victims also would be eligible for Purple Hearts and medals for valor.
Watch this interview with one of the survivors:
Numerous witnesses, including those injured stated that Hasan shouted, “Allahu Akbar,” before he began shooting. Thirteen soldiers died (including one pregnant soldier) and many wounded during this personal jihad. Following the shooting known terrorist leader Anwar Awlaki declared Hasan a hero, as “fighting against the U.S. army is an Islamic duty”.
But maybe you haven’t seen the whole story of the events at Fort Hood. The story has not been widely publicized. You can watch a chilling account of what happened as told by survivors of that horrific day: