Last month, Maj. Nidal Hasan was given a death sentence for killing 13 people and injuring 30 more in his attack on the Fort Hood military post in Texas on Nov. 5, 2009. Hasan had ties to radical Islamic groups.

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On Thursday, Cornyn introduced the Honoring the Fort Hood Heroes Act, which would declare that the attack was an act of terrorism, award the Purple Heart to the soldiers killed and wounded in the incident, and provide the victims and their families with military benefits such as life insurance, tax breaks and other combat-related pay.

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