Seeking justice: Ft. Hood survivors sue US government
Victims seek recognition for attack
- Duration 3:52
- Date Nov 11, 2012
Victims seek recognition for attack
Also in this playlist...
This transcript is automatically generated
This past week marked three years since the tragic shooting at Fort Hood in Texas when a US army psychiatrist opened fire.
On the base killing thirteen people and wounding dozens more.
And despite all that time the survivors of that attack still say they have not seen any justice.
It's not only has -- suspect the latest trial by refusing to shave his beard.
But the government won't even classify this as an act of terror calling it workplace violence.
Instead joining us live from Charlotte this morning -- combat medic who was shot six times at Fort Hood and -- Sargent Alonzo -- for.
He and dozens of others are now suing the government to morning to you sir.
-- -- -- -- We're doing okay how are you you are suing tell us why and why do you think the government has handled the Fort Hood shooting in such a manner.
Well initially at the -- -- thing the way it was handled so that.
It wouldn't be a target all all.
I'll -- rules of the Islamic faith that are in the military or -- nemesis hole.
Which I understand that.
But when you consider -- to potatoes.
It is a terrorist act not a workplace -- act.
And how you look at is not a thing where individual was has grown -- what does work.
Inside the Communists who go to place this may have -- a plane he was follow orders from an enemy of the United States.
And to prove that in some terrorist act even though -- level one terrorist training as for who's shooting missing in -- level -- training.
And with the where's your report they -- tickets are more reports it's also loses a terrorist that.
And -- I mean how would it change.
The compensation that comes to you and the process of getting past this if the government would just call it terrorists a -- Well for Warren all of us will be awarded the purple -- And there -- benefits stick comes along with -- perform recipient to.
As far as your medical retirement or your retirement is a difference in your CR -- C -- -- RDP.
And also the status of compensation that you get when you finally get out of the -- Bob presumably this is not a financial decision for the government so why might they not classify it as what it is.
What that -- that's the hill million dollar course and I don't know why they wouldn't.
How you look at it with all veterans that were wounded in combat wounded in a combat action.
It wasn't -- chores we were doing our job and if given the chance -- do it again the surprise factor.
You have to look at how we're being treated for the sacrifice that we make on the battlefield.
And this is what you get in return for that -- this common hopes that.
And -- on this veterans day we know that you feel as though that what happened that day is being forgotten what.
What do you want to remind us of what went on that day.
Well that day and -- -- and decides -- using soft target which was a medical facility and it was a coward's way of fighting -- fight.
As mentioned before if you want to fight his Friday or prove.
To me personally -- to do was -- to Nieminen may have been girl -- but he -- -- gore coward's way in.
To shoot defenseless people.
Basically murder than the cold -- it.
Alonso and no our viewers are not forgetting what happened that day and our viewers certainly remember your sacrifice -- thank you for being here this morning we did reach out to the Department of Defense for comment on the story -- Have yet to hear back Alonzo.
-- for thanks so much for being with us this morning thanks -- sacrifice.
-- you welcome sir.