The congressman whose district includes Fort Hood on Tuesday introduced legislation that would give victims of the shooting there last week combat casualty status.
By legally designating the shooting victims as combat casualties, Rep. John Carter's (R-Texas) bill would allow them to receive the Purple Heart and other tangible benefits.
Carter's staff tweeted during the press conference:
http://twitpic.com/pvyjg - At a press conference introducing leg to honor Fort Hood victims
Though many of the survivor benefits are the same for non-combat and combat casualtues, the latter designation would also guarantee that the beneficiaries of all military personnel who were killed to receive the maximum life insurance benefit available, among other benefits.
Affected civilians could receive the equivalent non-military award, the Secretary of Defense Medal of Freedom.
Pictured to the right of Carter is Rep. Michael McCaul, a Texas Republican who sits on the House Homeland Security Committee.