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[Congressional Bills 113th Congress]
[From the U.S. Government Printing Office]
[H.R. 3111 Introduced in House (IH)]

113th CONGRESS
  1st Session
                                H. R. 3111

    To declare the November 5, 2009, attack at Fort Hood, Texas, a 
  terrorist attack, and to ensure that the victims of the attack and 
their families receive the same honors and benefits as those Americans 
  who have been killed or wounded in a combat zone overseas and their 
                               families.


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                    IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

                           September 17, 2013

   Mr. Carter (for himself, Mr. Williams, Mr. Wolf, Mr. Rooney, Mr. 
 McCaul, Mr. Thornberry, Ms. Granger, Mr. Barton, Mr. Weber of Texas, 
 Mr. Sam Johnson of Texas, Mr. Huizenga of Michigan, Mr. Sessions, Mr. 
   Brady of Texas, Mr. Neugebauer, Mr. Hudson, Mr. King of Iowa, Mr. 
   Collins of Georgia, Mr. Messer, Mr. Sensenbrenner, Mr. Pitts, Mr. 
 Webster of Florida, Mr. Hensarling, Mr. Wilson of South Carolina, Mr. 
Ribble, Mr. Hunter, Mr. Amodei, Mr. Meehan, Mr. Diaz-Balart, Mr. Nunes, 
 Mr. Culberson, Mr. Gutierrez, Mr. Fortenberry, Mr. Westmoreland, Mr. 
Roe of Tennessee, Mr. Bentivolio, Ms. Lofgren, Mr. Hall, Mrs. Noem, Mr. 
Yoder, Mr. Conaway, Mr. Fincher, Mrs. Black, Mr. DesJarlais, Mr. Yoho, 
 Mr. Crenshaw, Mr. Aderholt, Mr. Rogers of Alabama, Mr. Alexander, Mr. 
Valadao, Mr. Cook, Mr. McKeon, Mr. Calvert, Mr. Palazzo, Mr. Rogers of 
Kentucky, Mr. Posey, Mr. Miller of Florida, Mr. Marchant, Mr. Gohmert, 
Mr. Smith of Texas, Mr. Cole, Mr. Pearce, Mr. Tipton, Mrs. Wagner, Mr. 
Stivers, Mr. Farenthold, Mr. Barletta, Mrs. Hartzler, Mr. Cuellar, Mr. 
Olson, Mr. Kelly of Pennsylvania, Mr. Woodall, Mr. Womack, Mr. McHenry, 
  Mr. Mullin, Mr. Cramer, Mr. Collins of New York, Mr. Buchanan, Mr. 
Fleischmann, Mr. Pittenger, Mr. Wenstrup, Mr. Griffith of Virginia, Mr. 
 Young of Alaska, Mrs. Blackburn, Mr. LaMalfa, Mr. Petri, Mr. Burgess, 
    Mr. Al Green of Texas, Mr. LoBiondo, Mr. Chabot, Mr. Murphy of 
 Pennsylvania, Mr. Duncan of South Carolina, Mr. Garrett, Mr. Bachus, 
 Mr. Harper, Mr. Thompson of Pennsylvania, Mr. DeSantis, Mrs. Capito, 
   Mr. Stutzman, Mr. Hurt, Mr. Franks of Arizona, Ms. Eddie Bernice 
 Johnson of Texas, Mr. Gene Green of Texas, Mr. Hinojosa, Ms. Jackson 
Lee, Mr. Flores, Mr. Price of Georgia, Mr. Frelinghuysen, Mr. Stockman, 
Mr. Fattah, Mr. Vela, Mrs. Miller of Michigan, Mrs. Lummis, Mr. Poe of 
Texas, Mr. Griffin of Arkansas, Mr. King of New York, Mr. Mulvaney, Ms. 
    Jenkins, Mr. Nunnelee, Mr. Duffy, and Mr. Barr) introduced the 
following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Armed Services, 
 and in addition to the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, 
for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case 
for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of 
                        the committee concerned

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                                 A BILL


 
    To declare the November 5, 2009, attack at Fort Hood, Texas, a 
  terrorist attack, and to ensure that the victims of the attack and 
their families receive the same honors and benefits as those Americans 
  who have been killed or wounded in a combat zone overseas and their 
                               families.

    Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the 
United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

    This Act may be cited as the ``Honoring the Fort Hood Heroes Act''.

SEC. 2. DECLARATIONS OF POLICY.

    Congress makes the following declarations of policy:
            (1) The November 5, 2009, attack at Fort Hood, Texas, 
        constituted an act of terrorism, not merely workplace violence.
            (2) The United States Government has a fundamental duty to 
        our military service members to safeguard them against 
        avoidable harm in the course of their service, and the attack 
        on Fort Hood could and should have been prevented.
            (3) Nidal Hasan, the perpetrator of the attack, had become 
        radicalized while serving in the United States Army and was 
        principally motivated to carry out the attack by an ideology of 
        violent Islamist extremism.
            (4) Through his actions that day, Nidal Hasan proved 
        himself to be not just a terrorist, but also a traitor and an 
        enemy of the United States.

SEC. 3. AWARDS REQUIRED.

    (a) Purple Heart.--The Secretary of the military department 
concerned shall award the Purple Heart to the members of the Armed 
Forces who were killed or wounded in the attack that occurred at Fort 
Hood, Texas, on November 5, 2009.
    (b) Secretary of Defense Medal for the Defense of Freedom.--The 
Secretary of Defense shall award the Secretary of Defense Medal for the 
Defense of Freedom to civilian employees of the Department of Defense 
and civilian contractors who were killed or wounded in the attack that 
occurred at Fort Hood, Texas, on November 5, 2009.

SEC. 4. BENEFITS FOR MEMBERS OF THE ARMED FORCES AND CIVILIAN EMPLOYEES 
              OF THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE WHO WERE KILLED OR WOUNDED 
              IN THE NOVEMBER 5, 2009, ATTACK AT FORT HOOD, TEXAS.

    (a) Treatment.--For purposes of all applicable Federal laws, 
regulations, and policies, a member of the Armed Forces or civilian 
employee of the Department of Defense who was killed or wounded in the 
attack that occurred at Fort Hood, Texas, on November 5, 2009, shall be 
deemed, effective as of such date, as follows:
            (1) In the case of a member, to have been killed or wounded 
        in a combat zone as the result of an act of an enemy of the 
        United States.
            (2) In the case of a civilian employee of the Department of 
        Defense--
                    (A) to have been killed or wounded by hostile 
                action while serving with the Armed Forces in a 
                contingency operation; and
                    (B) to have been killed or wounded in a terrorist 
                attack.
    (b) Exception.--Subsection (a) shall not apply to a member of the 
Armed Forces whose death or wound as described in that subsection is 
the result of the willful misconduct of the member.
    (c) Coverage of Psychological Injuries.--Subsection (a) applies to 
members of the Armed Forces and civilian employees of the Department of 
Defense suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) or other 
psychological injuries as a result of the attack that occurred at Fort 
Hood, Texas, on November 5, 2009.
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