ABC News reports that Sergeant Kimberly Munley, one of the two then police Sergeants who stopped the deadly shooting at Fort Hood on November 5, 2009, says President Obama broke the promise he made to her that the victims would be well taken care of:
“Betrayed is a good word. Not to the least little bit have the victims been taken care of. In fact they’ve been neglected.”
During the shooting that many consider a terrorist attack, Major Nidal Hasan, an Army psychiatrist and a practicing Muslim of Palestinian descent, shouted “Allahu Akbar” as he opened fire and mercilessly shot 44 soldiers preparing to deploy to Iraq and one civilian killing 13. Munley was shot three times in her confrontation with Hasan.
You can watch video of the shootings aftermath here.
Initially, Obama tried to capitalize on the heroic actions of Munley and her partner Sergeant Mark Todd. They were included as guests in the First Lady’s box for the 2010 State of the Union address. A few months later they were again honored by Obama at the 2010 National Association of Police Organizations TOP COPS award winners ceremony in the Rose Garden.
Despite the fact that there is extensive evidence that Hasan was in communication with al Qaeda leader Anwar al-Awlaki prior to the attack, the victims were denied Purple Hearts and the government shooting has been treating the incident as “workplace violence” instead of “combat related” or terrorism. You can read a redacted report on the FBI’s investigation of Hasan’s ties to al-Awlaki here. Al-Awlaki was killed in a U.S. drone attack in Yemen on Sept. 30, 2011.
To add insult to her injuries Munley was laid off from her job with the base’s civilian police force last year.
Last November, Munley and 147 other plaintiffs sued the U.S. government, Hassan and the estate of Anwar al-Awlaki seeking damages and a ruling that the shooting was a terrorist attack. Such a finding would clear the way for them to receive benefits available to those who injuries are classified as “combat related,” which aren’t available as the result of workplace violence. You can read the lawsuit here.
According to ABC News, former Sgt. Munley now believes Obama used her for political advantage in arranging for her to sit next to Michelle Obama during the President’s State of the Union address in 2010. Munley says she wants to help the others who were shot that day and continue to suffer.
“We got tired of being neglected. So this was our last resort and I’m not ashamed of it a bit.”
Something to think about as you watch tonight’s State of the Union political theater with its shooting victim props.
Cross-posted from Right Side Politics.