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The second thing we can all do is take 60 seconds to sign the petition.
The third thing that I highly encourage everyone to do is to write to your congressmen.
Not every letter has to be quite as detailed as mine is. Its just important for others to speak up and encourage their senators and representatives to vote for this legislation. Instead of going into why I think this is important I'm just going to copy/paste my letter so you can read it for yourself. (Personal information and things that would give away where I live have been removed).
Dear Representative __________,
My name is "Mrs. G.I. Joe" and I am an Army National Guard Wife from ________. I’ve happily served my country alongside my husband since December of 2005.
I am writing you today in regards to bill H.R. 4088 that will give the military victims of the November 5th, 2009 Fort Hood shooting Purple Hearts and the civilians awarded the Defense Medal for the Defense of Freedom. I hope that you will vote to pass this bill. The fallen and the wounded of the Fort Hood shooting deserve this award and their status as victims of a terrorist attack.
Those against this bill seem to have a couple of arguments. One is that a precedent will be set. They might claim that any service member anywhere could be gunned down and the family would expect them to be awarded a purple heart. There is more than one problem with this argument. First, the precedent was set back on September 11th 2001. The service members who died that day were not in combat but they were awarded Purple Hearts. Another problem with this is that it suggests that more attacks like this calculated massacre are expected and might one day be considered commonplace. I for one do not want my daughter to grow up in a country that takes such attacks lightly. We should be prepared for anything while also putting forth hope that our country, the Home of the Brave, will one day be safer. To suggest denying these men and women a medal because of a possible president gives way to a life of fear and ingratitude for these sacrifices.
That brings me to the other reason. Some have said that this was not an act of terrorism. By the U.S. Code of Law, terrorism means “premeditated, politically motivated violence perpetrated against noncombatant targets by sub national groups or clandestine agents.” On November 5th 2009 Major Nidal Hasan walked into a soldier processing building and killed 13 people, including one unborn child, and wounded 30 others due to a vendetta against the War on Terrorism. His motives and subsequent actions support the fact that he is an enemy of the United States.
There is no need to split hairs, look for loopholes or technicalities. The time has come for this administration to acknowledge the full weight of this tragedy. It was an act of terrorism. Those 43 victims, both the fallen and the wounded, had at one point made a calculated decision of their own. Whether it was when they took their oaths and swore into the United States Army or the day they found out they would be deployed, they knew a day might come when they would be called to lay down their lives and pay the ultimate price for freedom. They dedicated their lives to standing up for you and me.
Now is the time to stand for them. Honor the fallen and the wounded Fort Hood heroes by voting to pass H.R. 4088. Grant these brave men and women combatant status.
Thank you for your time and consideration,Mrs. G.I. Joe
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