Example: [Collected via e-mail, May 2013]
And meanwhile, Ft. Hood shooter Nidal Malik Hasan has been paid $278,000 in salary while soldiers he wounded and families of his dead victims are being denied Army benefits because the incident was classified as "workplace violence" rather than combat related. Talk about a disgusting waste of your tax dollars. His wages should be garnished and sent to the Red Cross.
Origins: On 5 November 2009, the Fort Hood military post in Killeen, Texas, was the site of a mass shooting incident that left 13 people dead and 32 more injured. At the scene, Department of the Army Civilian Police officers shot and wounded the apparent perpetrator, Nidal Malik Hasan, who was then a 39-year-old U.S. Army major serving as a psychiatrist. Hasan was taken into custody and has remained there ever since; he is the only suspect in the case and is awaiting trial on charges of
In July 2011, twenty months after the Fort Hood shootings, Waco television station KXXV reported that Hasan maintained his rank and was continuing to receive his Army pay and covered medical expenses while his court martial was pending:
Hasan's confinement and medical expenses are also being paid by the military, and he is moved on post once or twice a week for treatment and occasionally to see his legal defense team.
Campbell said it's all part of the judicial process that says Hasan is innocent until proven guilty.
"The bottom line is when you cut through everything we are as an army, we have to be fair to him regardless of what we saw or we think we saw or whatever the case may be. It's imperative we maintain the integrity of the court martial so he gets as fair a shot as possible defending himself with his team," Campbell added.
As the convening authority for the military trial, he said, "I have to remain absolutely neutral through the process. It's a delicate balance. We believe this is a location
If Hasan had been a civilian defense department employee, the Army
Personnel rules for most civilian government workers allow for "indefinite suspensions" in cases "when the agency has reasonable cause to believe that the employee has committed a crime for which a sentence of imprisonment may be imposed."
A lawyer who once represented Hasan previously claimed his client couldn't find a bank that would deposit his Army paychecks, but a spokesman at Fort Hood said that that issue has since been resolved; meaning Hasan or his family can access the money.
The Army could get some money back from Hasan by demanding
The "combat related" designation is an important one, for without it shooting victims are not given combat-related pay, they are not eligible for Purple Heart retirement or medical benefits given to other soldiers wounded either at war or during the
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