CEDAR PARK — State Rep. Tony Dale, R-Cedar Park, announced his intention to file a bill that would expand the definition to the Texas Purple Heart Medal to award it to military victims of the Nov. 5, 2009, Fort Hood shooting.

At a Cedar Park news conference, Dale called the Fort Hood shooting “a clear and despicable act of terrorism.”

He also applauded other congressmen who have filed multiple pieces of federal legislation advocating changing the designation of the shooting to “combat related,” which has not yet been successful.

In 2005, state Sen. Kel Seliger, R-Amarillo, passed Senate Bill 955, which created the Texas Purple Heart Medal. This medal is currently awarded to any member of the Texas National Guard who was inducted into federal services after 9/11 and meets the criteria for the federal Purple Heart Medal. Dale’s intention is to expand that definition to include members of the military who were killed or wounded by the Fort Hood shooting.

Both Dale and his wife served as captains in the 1st Cavalry Division.

Rose L. Thayer

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