[Ed. – Congress had to force this one, but it finally goes through.]
In a statement released Friday afternoon, Secretary of the Army John McHugh announced that the Army will award the Purple Heart and the Secretary of Defense Medal for the Defense of Freedom to all the victims of the 2009 Fort Hood shootings.
A movement rose calling for the victims of the shooting in Fort Hood, Texas, to be awarded the Purple Heart, but language describing whom the award was intended for stopped the Army from doing so.
“The Purple Heart’s strict eligibility criteria had prevented us from awarding it to victims of the horrific attack at Fort Hood,” McHugh said.
“Now that Congress has changed the criteria, we believe there is sufficient reason to allow these men and women to be awarded and recognized with either the Purple Heart or, in the case of civilians, the Defense of Freedom Medal. It’s an appropriate recognition of their service and sacrifice.”