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The U.S. military often fails to provide justice to the children of service members when they are sexually assaulted by other kids on base. But new legislation passed by the Senate Monday seeks to close a jurisdictional gap that contributes to the problem.

Updated 11 a.m. This morning, victims of the 2009 Fort Hood shooting attack were awarded Purple Heart medals for their service and sacrifice. A video of the ceremony is available below.


AUSTIN — Dozens of survivors and relatives of soldiers who died in the 2009 Fort Hood shooting are finally getting the Purple Hearts they have felt were long overdue.

The ceremony Friday will take place at the sprawling Texas military post where an Army psychiatrist opened fire on dozens of unarmed soldiers and killed 13 people. Gunman Nidal Hasan was convicted in 2013 and sentenced to death.

Military officials had denied Purple Hearts to victims because they classified the attack as workplace violence and not an act of terrorism.

Fort Hood Press Office

FORT HOOD — One year from the time a 34-year-old soldier, Spc. Ivan A. Lopez, killed three people and injured 16 in Fort Hood, using an unregistered weapon bought at a local Killeen store. It was just one of 45 instances of unregistered weapons entering a Central Texas Army post in 2014.

Over a 10-year period there have been more than 230 instances of soldiers violating Army regulations by bringing an unregistered firearm on to a Central Texas post.

Courtesy: Fort Hood Sentinel

Operation United Assistance has come to a close for more than 500 members of the 36th Engineer Brigade, who have completed the 21-day quarantine at Fort Hood after returning from West Africa over the last few weeks.

Lt. Col. John Hartke said that as soon as they arrived in Liberia last October, the troops began building 100-bed treatment facilities to help stem the tide of Ebola.

“The country’s still recovering from their civil war, and they don’t have a very strong medical infrastructure. So by creating these Ebola treatment centers — and there was one built in every county in the country —it provided an infrastructure for the people who were infected with Ebola, or even suspected of being infected with Ebola, a place to go so that we could stop the transmission,” he said.

Hartke said that at its peak, the mission had 750 beds available, but that number was reduced as the incidence of the disease started to decline.

He believed it was the first time for such a coordinated disease response by the U.S. Army. “I’ve been in the Army 27 years and this is the first time I’ve seen something like this where we’ve gone and responded in this way. We’ve responded to natural disasters like Haiti before, but to target a disease, this is the first one I’m aware of,” he said.