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2009 Fort Hood Shooting Victims Could Be Closer To Receiving Benefits

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(KCEN) -- Five years after Nidal Hasan opened fire on Fort Hood, the victims and their families still haven't received the awards and benefits they feel they deserve. Retired US Army Sergeant Howard Ray is lucky to be alive, but he says the families who lost someone that day have waited too long for the help they need. "Just being there and being shot at that day...it's about accountability," Ray said. "It's about people taking responsibility."

H.R. 3111, also known as the Honoring Fort Hood Heroes Act would give victims and their families access to medical benefits and financial help, but the fight in congress hasn't been easy. Ongoing debate over whether or not the shooting was a terrorist attack has stalled the process. "I guess one of the things we've learned at Fort Hood is that some battles are long, but we gotta keep fighting," Congressman John Carter said.

H.R. 3111 will be on the table again this week as a part of the 2015 National Defense Authorization Act and local politicians say they have confidence it will pass this time. "Let's make sure that we never forget these individuals," Congressman Bill Flores said. "Let's make sure that the U.S. government treats them in the fashion that they should be treated."
Benefits aren't the only thing the families are still waiting for. The future memorial will eventually be at the Killeen Civic & Conference Center, but they're still $200,000 short of the money they need to make it happen. Designer and Sculptor Troy Kelley says the bronze sculptures and granite are paid for, they just need the foundation to put them on.



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