April 2nd, 2013
07:02 PM ET

No Purple Heart for Ft. Hood victims

The Army has decided not to award Purple Hearts to the dead and wounded in that incident. The victims of the mass shooting at Fort Hood, Texas

That has families, and some lawmakers outraged.

CNN Pentagon Correspondent Chris Lawrence looked in to this.


Filed under: Congress • Nidal Hasan
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  1. Duckhunter

    Did the Pentagon not bestow the Purple Heart medal for victims of Green on Blue shootings?
    How is the Fort Hood Shooting any different? The accused officer was a domestic enemy in disguise.

    April 3, 2013 at 8:32 pm | Reply
  2. Dan

    As a veteran, I seem to remember as part of our "Oath of Allegiance" to include a phase "to defend against all enemies both Foreign and Domestic". Shame on the pentagon for not approving this award.

    April 3, 2013 at 11:15 am | Reply
    • some guy

      In that case hand over purple hearts to 3000 WTC victims as well. Second "Major." Nidal Hassan was an Officer of the US Army therefore this is not a Terror attack but a fratricide incident. If he shot people shouting USA! USA ! or Humpty dumpty ! would that make a difference ?

      April 3, 2013 at 2:41 pm | Reply
      • 1371usmc

        The uniform he had on makes no difference its his actions that made him a terrorists

        April 3, 2013 at 10:33 pm |
  3. charles Emmons

    Until all the information on Hassan comes out at his trial I agree this is the correct interpretation of the intent of the Purple Heart. I understand the feelings, but until he is determined to be operating as an agent of a foriegn government he's just another mad man. During Vietnam we had many troops killed in air craft accidents in Vietnam they were determined not to be the result of hostile action and did not recieve PH's even though it occured in a war zone. If you continue this line of thinking they will be giving PH's for POV accidents if the other party is an alien.

    April 3, 2013 at 11:08 am | Reply
  4. thomas

    Traditionally, the military has not awarded the PH for deaths/injuries that were caused by illegal acts. Hasan's horrible acts are being treated as criminal acts and he is being tried as a criminal in a military criminal court.

    There have, unfortunately, been other cases in the past where military members have illegally killed/injured other military members. These were also considered criminal acts and the victims did not receive the PH.

    The issue has gotten a lot more complicated with the ill-defined GWOT. Was Hasan acting on his own as a criminal or was he acting as an agent for a "terrorist group"? Evidence seems to indicate the Hasan was acting alone. He may have had contact with known terrorists, but that does not mean that his actions were directed by the terrorist orgainzation.

    A most complicated situation. Many of the traditions of the military are proofed when applied against non-traditional enemies.

    April 3, 2013 at 8:07 am | Reply
  5. Tommy Atkins

    What about the Purple Hearts that were awarded to service members after the plane hit the Pentagon on Sept. 11? Was that not the same? The precedent has already been set. And what would you call Hassan except a terrorist? He was in direct contact with Anwar Al-Awlaki, a known AQAP propagandist and operational leader. A terrorist committing a terror attack is the same, irregardless of location. The least we can do is honor our dead and wounded by acknowledging their sacrifice, bestowing on them the Purple Heart for wounds received in an attack by a cowardly Al Qaeda proxy.

    April 2, 2013 at 11:00 pm | Reply
  6. CNN morator

    I thought swear to fight foreign and domestic in the oath gives you the right to a purple heart under the circustances

    April 2, 2013 at 10:58 pm | Reply
    • George Patton

      are you CNN morator? Me too

      April 2, 2013 at 11:01 pm | Reply
  7. John Geheran

    This is one case where there are no winners! The victims of that shooting and the shooter himself suffered most of all. No matter what they decide at his trial, they can do nothing to hurt him more than he already is, considering the condition he is in.

    April 2, 2013 at 7:30 pm | Reply
    • George Patton

      phunnie boy, the fat ass Muhammed is eating three meals a day, demanding his rights to grow beard, but took away lives without considering their rights to live, I can't wait to see his Islamic ass is deep fried in boiling pig fat.

      April 2, 2013 at 8:13 pm | Reply
    • 1371usmc

      Only thing good for him is a loop on the end of a rope in tree closest to where he committed murder.

      As far as the medals as a Marine I hate to say this but I feel they made the right decision. The purple heart is for wounds on the battle field.

      April 2, 2013 at 8:25 pm | Reply
    • Navyvet

      I have to agree with @1371usmc on both counts. The traitor deserves a fair trial and then a proper hanging. As tragic as it was, the Purple Heart is not appropriate for death or injuries that occur while at your home base even though a state of war exists for the US. It falls right in line with a medal of valor for drone operators sitting in the US operating their drones in Afghanistan. It just isn't appropriate.

      April 2, 2013 at 8:42 pm | Reply
      • 1371usmc

        I have to apologise I didn't know that the guidelines for the medal had been changed. I received my DD214 in the 90's I guess I need to update my info.

        By the new guidelines yes they should receive the medal and maybe more.

        April 3, 2013 at 6:55 am |
      • Joseph McCarthy

        Tell me Navyvet, where does it require any valor to operate those cursed drones from an air conditioned office halfway around the world? Any sniveling coward can murder people that way! Those clowns need to be indicted and brought to justice, pronto!

        April 3, 2013 at 2:19 pm |
    • Tommy Atkins

      Please tell me how the shooter has suffered. He never even deployed, so you can't say he suffered because of PTSD. And as far as his treatment in prison, he's being treated no different than any other common criminal.....which is a travesty in and of itself.

      April 2, 2013 at 11:03 pm | Reply
      • Joseph McCarthy

        Tommy, this man took a bullet to his spine so he'll never be able to walk again. Besides, he'll be in pain for the rest of his life so by hanging him, they'll probably be doing him a favor!

        April 3, 2013 at 2:15 pm |
      • 1371usmc

        Joseph if that's your real name? Did your mother have any male children that survived? You can really compare the destruction he caused on innocent people to a bullet in the back? Oh too bad has to live in some discomfort. You did get one thing right death is too good for him it needs to be painful and slow.

        April 4, 2013 at 1:41 am |
    • Sam Compton

      I was there and while I do not deserve the medal I believe the people wounded do deserve it without a doubt. Hasan's act was an act of terrorism whether that takes place in Afghanistan or Texas. We are having a War on Terrorism. Many of the soilders wounded were getting ready to deploy to Afghanistan.

      April 3, 2013 at 9:17 am | Reply

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