ROUND ROCK, Texas (KXAN) - Monday’s shooting at the Navy Yard in Washington D.C. might sound all too familiar to Texans.
Nearly four years ago, Army Maj. Nidal Hasan opened fire at Fort Hood north of Austin, killing 13 and wounding another 32. Now, Congress is aiming to help victims of that attack and their families with the Fort Hood Heroes Act.
The measure would give victims the same status as those of the 9/11 attacks, meaning major benefits and military awards like the Purple Heart.
Last week, the Senate version was announced, and the House version is expected to be introduced this week. Congressman John Carter, R-Texas, said he already has about a quarter of the membership as co-sponsors.
"They would not be treated as they had been wounded on the battlefield or as if they'd been attacked by terrorists, but rather as a workforce incident,” Carter sais.
But Monday’s shooting would need separate consideration, even though it is on a military installation. The Fort Hood Heroes Act is just for Fort Hood, but Carter said it could open up that conversation for future attacks.
"Certainly, it would show that Congress is willing to speak out when they feel an injustice has been done under the rakes,” he said.
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