Nidal Malik Hasan
Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan is shown as the guilty verdict is read Friday, Aug. 23, 2013, at his court-martial at Fort Hood. A jury of 13 high-ranking military officers reached a guilty verdict on all 13 charges of premeditated murder in the Nov. 5, 2009, shooting. Hasan is now eligible for the death penalty.
- Land commissioner: Texas to treat Fort Hood victims like combat deaths
AUSTIN — Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson announced Friday he plans to change rules to treat spouses of the victims of the Nov. 5, 2009, Fort Hood shooting as if they were killed in combat. The plan rejects the federal government’s position that the shooting, which killed 13 and wounded 32, was workplace violence.
If Patterson is successful, the victims and surviving family members would be eligible to receive Texas veterans benefits.
“We’ll let the lawyers work out the details, but I intend to make sure we honor their sacrifice,” he said in a statement.
“Like Travis and Crockett, their spilled blood remains forever intermingled with Texas soil. Their surviving spouses who are residents of Texas at the time of application should be eligible for (Veteran Land Board) programs,” Patterson said.
Posted: Saturday, August 24, 2013 4:30 am
Updated: 12:19 pm, Sat Aug 24, 2013.
Posted on Aug 24, 2013
FORT HOOD — Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan was found guilty Friday of the worst mass shooting on a military base in U.S. history.
A military jury of 11 men and two women deliberated for nearly seven hours before unanimously finding him guilty on all 13 charges of premeditated murder in the Nov. 5, 2009, shooting spree that also injured more than 30.
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Saturday, August 24, 2013 4:30 am.
Updated: 12:19 pm.