As the terrorist attack on Fort Hood, Texas, nears the one year anniversary, Congress is set to vote on a resolution today honoring the 13 adults and one unborn child killed by a Muslim jihadist at the nation’s largest military installation.
On November 5, 2009, Army Major Nidal Malik Hasan carried out what he believed to be a suicide attack at Fort Hood, killing 12 unarmed fellow soldiers—one a pregnant female—and one civilian, all the while screaming Allahu Akbar, the standard jargon used by Muslim jihadists while killing innocent men, women and children in the commission of a suicide attack.
Another 31 people were injured.
Hasan was shot but not killed by a female police officer and he is paralyzed from the waist down.
House Republican Conference Secretary John Carter (R-Texas), whose district includes Fort Hood, introduced a resolution this week recognizing the upcoming anniversary of the attack on the nation’s largest military installation. The measure is expected to come up for a vote today.
“This outrage has gradually subsided in the news as we await trial of the suspect,” Carter said. “But we have not forgotten the victims or the courage, professionalism, and sacrifice of those who responded to this cowardly attack on unarmed victims. This bill serves to express our gratitude for the quick and decisive action of military and civilian law enforcement and emergency medical personnel and Fort Hood commanders in responding to the attack. Meanwhile, this reminder should renew our resolve for further investigation of how this happened, steps to prevent another similar attack, and to provide fair treatment for the casualties and their families.”
When Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) loaded up the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) last week with amnesty and a repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” the bill failed in the Senate, and the bulk of Carter’s legislation dealing with the Fort Hood jihadi attack was left in limbo.
The House-passed version included two Carter amendments, one that provided combat casualty status for all those killed or wounded in the terrorist attack, and a second provision to assure that the families of those soldiers who lost their lives receive the improved tax, housing, and insurance benefits awarded to combat casualties, and to authorize casualties and their families to receive charitable gifts from outside groups which have been held up by current regulations.
Carter had also hoped to have two additional amendments added in the Senate that were left out of the House version. The first proposal would amend the current Military Whistleblower Protection Act to include protections against politically-correct persecution of service members and civilian defense employees who report radical Islamic and other ideological terror threats. The second amendment would require Active Shooter Training for all law enforcement personnel providing security to U.S. military installations.
TEXT OF CONCURRENT RESOLUTION:
Recognizing the anniversary of the tragic shootings that occurred at Fort Hood, Texas, on November 5, 2009.
Whereas on November 5, 2009 a gunman entered the Soldier Readiness Processing Center at Fort Hood, Texas, and opened fire on military and civilian personnel who were preparing for deployment or who had recently returned to the United States from overseas;
Whereas 13 people were killed, including 12 soldiers, one of whom was an expecting mother, and one former soldier;
Whereas 31 people were wounded, and some of the wounded required months of care and rehabilitation;
Whereas civilian and military law enforcement personnel of the Department of Defense acted swiftly and courageously to neutralize the threat;
Whereas Army medics immediately began treating the wounded, greatly reducing the loss of life;
Whereas nearby Army personnel selflessly evacuated wounded individuals to safety prior to the threat being eliminated; and
Whereas the Fort Hood regional communities, the State of Texas, military service organizations and countless Americans united in support of the Fort Hood victims and their families:
Now, therefore, be it Resolved by the House of Representatives (the Senate concurring), That Congress—
(1) recognizes the shootings that occurred at 4 Fort Hood, Texas, on November 5, 2009, as a tragic event in the history of the Army and the United States;
(2) extends its deepest sympathies to the families and friends of the victims of the shootings who had already sacrificed a great deal by righteously answering their country’s call to serve;
(3) honors the civilian law enforcement personnel of the Department of Defense for effectively implementing their training to promptly eliminate the threat, thereby limiting additional loss of life or injury;
(4) commends the Fort Hood command team for its timely response and situational control; and
(5) expresses gratitude to the Fort Hood communities, military personnel stationed at Fort Hood, military service organizations, and the American people for promptly extending comfort and assistance to the victims of the shootings and their families.