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Now and they are seeking justice survivors of the Fort Hood massacre.
And the families of the thirteen people who were killed there they want the government to call the mass shooting a terror attacks so far they're calling it workplace violence.
And it continued to do so for three years well the families have released a video to make their case look at this here.
The army knew he was in contact the FBI knew we was in contact all the way from 2005.
Up -- the -- he had.
Email messages in conversation.
They knew he was kind of went -- -- nothing.
She was talking about and -- column -- -- song right there that was the US born cleric who was killed in a drone strike in night in Yemen.
In the government has classified the shooting as work place violence which we survivors are not eligible for the purple heart and families and those who lost their lives cannot receive the same benefits as the families of those killed in combat and that is significant joining us now is a true hero.
She helped prevent what could have been then an even larger massacre Kimberly -- Is a former federal police officer who's credited with bringing the accused shooter major Nadal -- on down.
You are shot three times Kimberly thanks for joining us and thank you for your heroic efforts that -- could have -- a whole lot worse.
A talk with us about about the process you've asked the federal government to consider -- best.
A terror attack as opposed to workplace violence what have you heard from them so far.
Well we've heard nothing we actually began this approximately year again and we've heard nothing in response.
As of yesterday that the Pentagon did make a statement.
Stating that they want not risk the integrity of the court martial proceedings.
-- read we classify and this case right now or this -- -- right now.
And they also says that.
The victims of before the shooting are entitled to same victims at any other service member.
And -- united states military.
And that is not -- there are two separate programs that are -- in the VA manual with.
The United States government are -- say it's military rather.
One being in the CR SE and other one being in the CR DP.
That is to separate programs forced served for service related injuries.
Relating to combat or non combat.
-- was a military base so these families cannot receive the same death benefits or benefits in general that.
Those in other attacks would be served.
Interestingly the critics have said that look this is part of a larger narrative.
Of the Obama administration not wanting to label things terrorism we just see what what -- -- is unfolding in Libya right now we know about the underwear bomber but they call just -- lone wolf just a deranged individual.
What do you say to that does this plane -- some sort of larger narrative from the government not wanting to classify these things as terrorism.
I think that's very possible.
It's it's hard to fat on the fact that these are considered landlords or.
The the act of workplace violence when it clearly states and the FBI investigation Webster report.
And the joint task terrorism force that even they failed in counter terrorism.
And did not act upon these things so how can something not be terroristic.
If it's in their counterintelligence.
And tell and -- information policies that you also mention something that I think will be interesting to a lot of folks here.
That does the survivors of the tax are in eligible for a purple hearts thoughts about that.
Well purple artist is one of many benefits there and -- -- -- war on any.
Any person who is it take -- sent some some out of our -- medically retired.
They received a severance pay.
And they cannot even -- VA benefit monthly payments until.
It equals the amount of the severance pay them or any other individuals our injured that actually got to stay in and planned to retire from the military.
If they received a purple heart.
For their injury but they are still able to perform their duties and and stay in the military retire.
They would also receive those benefits once they decide to retire from the military.
This is so personal for you is as Heather mentioned off the top of course you were shot three times -- both legs -- wrist during the gun battle.
How has the recovery been for you and it has -- been made more painful with having to deal with this.
And my recoveries -- you know and that justice -- -- as any other one that was involved that day.
I focus now you know my attention.
And my energy and to getting this missions successful.
And I won't stop until it is intimately I think a lot of our viewers will be offended by the notion that this is.
Currently classified as workplace violence and -- wanna know what they can do to help your -- -- -- what would you what would you recommend.
First of all please visit the treat -- out for that dot com we Arab coalition of Fort Hood heroes that have come together.
To -- any general the public.
To write their congressman our -- their senators and it demands and asked for support from them.
To go to the government and and the -- get this reclassified as a terrorist act -- -- and I'm sorry no I'm sorry I was just gonna thank you and will will be -- it update -- viewers on this and please keep us up to date with your.
It's on this okay thank you and Kimberly thank you for your bravery.
Everybody -- really.
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