Purple Heart

Sen. Cruz: Honoring Courage and Bravery in the Defense of Freedom at Fort Hood

Purple HeartTomorrow, the US Army will hold a ceremony at Fort Hood to award the Purple Heart and the Medal for the Defense of Freedom to those who were injured or killed in the Fort Hood terrorist attack of November 5, 2009.

Today, US Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) released the following statement:


On November 5, 2009, a brutal terror attack was carried out at Fort Hood. The lives of 14 people were taken, one of them an unborn child, and 31 were injured. Today, we are grateful that the US Army has chosen to bestow the Purple Heart, and its civilian counterpart, the Medal for the Defense of Freedom, on these heroes.

This attack was a clear act of radical Islamic terrorism, conducted on American soil – the original decision to designate it “workplace violence” and deny these honors was a betrayal of the sacrifice of each of the victims. It is well past time for them to receive these awards and I thank the Secretary of the Army for reaching this determination. We can never undo the events of that day, but we can properly honor the courageous patriots who protect our nation and remain forever grateful for them.



Sen. Cruz has introduced or supported legislation to extend Purple Heart eligibility to the victims of the attack in each of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) bills that have been debated during his tenure in the U.S. Senate. In December 2014, Sen. Cruz released a video in support of the victims, calling for the truth about the terror attack to be told.

Sen. Cruz successfully amended the 2015 NDAA that was signed by President Obama to enable victims of the attack to receive the medals and associated benefits.


Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) supported the legislation to extend Purple Heart eligibility in the U.S. Senate, and companion legislation was sponsored in the U.S. House of Representatives by Reps. John Carter (R-TX31) and Roger Williams (R-TX25).


0 thoughts on “Sen. Cruz: Honoring Courage and Bravery in the Defense of Freedom at Fort Hood

  1. Just more grandstanding….why doesn’t CRUZ and the others propose our soldiers get to carry WEAPONS ON BASE?

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