A Bronze Star For A Power Point Presentation, But No Purple Hearts For Fort Hood Shooting Victims

In the modern military, developing a really good sensitivity training seminar can get you a Bronze Star, but getting shot won’t necessarily get you a Purple Heart.

On Friday, the Department of Defense revealed that no Purple Hearts would be given to victims – living or deceased – of the Fort Hood massacre. Their reasoning was mainly based on the belief that if the high honor was given, it would require the alleged shooter, Maj. Nidal Hasan, to be classified as a terrorist, which would then mean he would not receive a fair trial.

This line of thought has survivors of the shooting outraged, including Sgt. Alonzo Lunsford, who reacted to the decision on Monday’s Fox and Friends. Hasan shot Lunsford seven times and says he was “serving his country proudly” at the time of the attack.

“Who was the victim: Major Hasan, or the 32 survivors and the 14 deceased?” he asked, adding that the DOD’s decision is an “embarrassment.”

“I’m angry. I feel very disappointed, and I feel like we don’t even matter. For this man not to have served even one day in a combat zone, and for him to get the treatment he’s getting as opposed to the treatment we’re getting, it’s an embarrassment,” he said.

These are certainly some strange priorities.

Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com, a columnist for the Forum News Service, and host of the Plain Talk Podcast which you can subscribe to by clicking here.

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