Fort Hood heroine Kimberly Munley claims that President Obama “betrayed” her and the other victims of the deadly shooting rampage three years ago.
The White House gave Munley and her partner a hero’s welcome at the State of the Union address three years ago for their work to stop the shooting.
But Munley claims that Obama broke his promise to take care of the victims from the shooting, reports ABC News. Former Sergeant Munley stated:
“Betrayed is a good word. Not to the least little bit have the victims been taken care of. In fact they’ve been neglected.”
Thirteen people were killed, including a pregnant soldier, and 32 others were shot during the November 2009 rampage. Accused shooter Major Nidal Hasan is awaiting military trial for charges of premeditated murder and attempted murder.
Munley was shot three times while she and her partner, Sergeant Mark Todd, confronted Hasan. Witnesses claim that the soldier shouted “Allahu Akbar” before opening fire. Todd is credited for firing the five bullets that brought Hasan down.
Fox News notes that Munley has been laid off from her position on Fort Hood’s civilian police force since the shooting. Prosecutors have said that Hasan’s attack should be deemed a terrorist attack, because the alleged shooter was radicalized by communications with Al Qaeda leader Anwar al-Awlaki.
But the White House and the Pentagon have refused to label the attack as terrorism. Instead, they have called it “workplace violence.” The victims of the attack have been denied Purple Hearts. They are suing the military because they believe the “workplace violence” designation doesn’t allow them the same access to health care and financial benefits that combat related designation would.
Kimberly Munley also stated that the White House used her for political advantage by having her sit next to the first lady during the 2010 State of the Union address.
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