Letter: Holder's decision wrong for shooting victims

Published: Wednesday, July 17, 2013 at 04:28 PM.

The attorney general’s decision is a disgrace. After four years of delays, the deadly Fort Hood shooting rampage by Army terrorist Maj. Nidal Hassan’s trial is finally under way. The shooting left 13 dead and wounded more than 40 others.

Because Attorney General Eric Holder decided to label this incident as "workplace violence" rather than the act of terrorism that it clearly was, these brave men and women who were killed and injured in this terrorist attack are not eligible for decorations, such as a Purple Heart, or combat-related benefits, such as concurrent receipt. Holder’s decision in my opinion is based on saving the government money and his sympathy towards Muslim terrorists that his law firm represents.

This appalling decision made by a man that never wore a uniform or visited troops in theater is a disgrace to all that serve our country. This unjustly decision affects the wounded and families of the murdered victims who can’t get veteran survival benefits or benefits awarded from a Purple Heart medal.

Hasan is a devout Muslim with ties to Al Qaeda. U.S. authorities have said that Hasan initiated contact with Anwar al-Awlaki, the American-born radical Islamic cleric who was killed in a U.S. drone strike in Yemen. As Hasan opened fire on innocent men and women, he shouted Allah Akbar, which is Islamic for Allah is great.

Hasan has been getting his military pay and benefits for the last four years in prison totaling over $300,000, while our brave men, women and the victims’ families suffer financial hardships and rehabilitation.

Richard L. Linck, Havelock 

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