Friday, April 15, 2011

Ft. Hood Victims to get Combat Status?

Here's a piece from Stars and Stripes that mentions a Texas representative's attempts to get the victims of the Ft. Hood massacre designated as combat veterans.  That will open up additional benefits, medal eligibility, and special pay opportunities, if passed. 

The end of the article is clearly incorrect in proclaiming that Major Nidal Malik Hasan's court-martial is scheduled to begin later this month.  The last time I checked, the case hasn't even been referred to a court-martial, and the general court-martial convening authority won't make that decision until late April.  By that point, it's almost certain (and clearly part of the defense strategy) that a new commander will be the one to make the decision whether to send Hasan's case to a court-martial and whether it will be a capital case.  Given the myriad of issues in this case, I can't see this case getting to a court-martial before the November anniversary of the shootings.