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KILLEEN, Texas — U.S. Sen. John Cornyn and two Texas congressmen say they will push for legislation to reclassify the Fort Hood shooting as an act of terrorism.
Victims and relatives of the 13 people killed in the 2009 rampage have protested that the federal government has categorized the shooting as workplace violence. They say that decision deprives them of injury benefits they deserve.
The Honoring the Fort Hood Heroes Act would provide life insurance, tax breaks for death in a combat zone, and other combat-related pay.
The announcement this week comes after a military jury sentenced Maj. Nidal Hasan to death in the case. Hasan has claimed he was a soldier “who switched sides” on behalf of his Islamic beliefs.
Cornyn says the attack showed that terrorists can attack at home as well as abroad.