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Sen. Cruz Thanks Army Sec. McHugh for Extending Benefits to Fort Hood Soldiers

Decision appropriately recognizes Purple Heart recipients

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas today released the following statement upon learning that Secretary of the Army John McHugh has ordered the U.S. Army to provide all possible benefits to the victims of the 2009 terrorist attack at Fort Hood who were recently awarded the Purple Heart medal:

"I am pleased to learn Secretary McHugh has directed that all appropriate benefits be provided to those who received the Purple Heart at last Friday's Fort Hood ceremony, as Congress intended. The Secretary's decision to provide hostile fire pay and combat-related special compensation finally provides appropriate recognition for those who were killed and injured during this heinous terrorist attack against our nation. I thank Secretary McHugh for providing a definitive response and clear guidance to ensure this matter is resolved as quickly as possible."



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