Second, those killed and wounded at the Pentagon on September 11, 2001 were awarded the Purple Heart for a terrorist attack that occurred on inside the United States. Ft. Hood meets the same criteria.
Third, the military commonly issues awards, like the Soldier’s Medal, for actions performed even after duty hours such as saving a drowning civilian. In fact, CPT John Gaffaney, who died at COL Platoni’s knees as she and her brave colleagues tried desperately to save him, was awarded the Soldier’s Medal posthumously one year to the date of the Fort Hood Terrorist Attack.
Fourth, the military oath of enlistment states that a Soldier will defend the Constitution of the United States from all enemies, foreign and domestic.” If the terrorist who killed soldiers at Ft. Hood, in the name of the enemy that the soldiers were getting ready to leave Ft. Hood to combat, was not a domestic enemy, there are no domestic enemies.
It is time the administration reversed course, threw away political correctness, and awarded these heroes their Purple Hearts and appropriate Combat Action Badges and other awards. Anything less amounts to a continued travesty of justice for those killed in action, their families, the wounded, the survivors, and the first responders.
*Views expressed in this article are those of the author, many other Americans, and not necessarily any government or affiliated agency.