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August 26, 2013 - 5:02 pm

Texas does what Obama will not do.

Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson announced Friday that the Texas Veterans Land Board, which provides loans and retirement home services to veterans and their families, will treat the spouses of those killed in the Nov. 5, 2009, Fort Hood shooting “as if they were killed in combat.”

More than 150 victims and family members are suing the federal government seeking to have the attack classified as an act of war, which would lead to increased retirement, medical and disability benefits.

The federal government has not called Maj. Nidal Hasan, who was convicted in the shootings Friday, an enemy combatant, which would open the door to Purple Hearts and expanded benefits.

The Statesman is partially correct. The Obama administration hasn’t called Hasan an “enemy combatant.” It has called his act of jihad on American soil “workplace violence.”

It’s not clear what Patterson’s announcement means for the spouses of the Fort Hood victims.

“We’re going to change the rules to give these families full access to VLB benefits,” Patterson said in a statement. “We’ll let the lawyers work out the details, but I intend to make sure we honor their sacrifice.”

Maj. Nidal Hasan was convicted Friday and now faces the possibility of the death penalty for his 2009 attack, during which he shouted “Allahu Ackbar!” while killing 13 and wounding more than 30.

Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.

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The people who were injured and who lost family members in Hasan's attack are entitled to a wide array of benefits regardless of how the action was classified by the federal government. The disabled will have medical care and pensions; the bereaved will have pensions and Social Security benefits; those who died and who had life insurance will have their benefits paid per law.
The fact is that Hasan was not a member of an opposing armed force. His actions were a betrayal, but they didn't create a combat environment. The incident was a mass fragging rather than combat.
I am glad to see the state of Texas electing to expand the benefits available to the victims of this tragedy. That doesn't mean the federal government should change the requirements. Or if they are going to do so, let it be done and even retroactively, but as the rules stand, Hasan's crimes are not a combat event.
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they don't have to be an "Combat Event". They were the result of an Act of War. Hassan has long since denounced his citizenship and membership in the Army. He is an enemy combatant. Just like Benedict Arnold was.
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I'm too old to move at this point in my life, but man do I wish I had moved to Texas 40 years ago when I got married.
33 weeks ago
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glad to see somebody w/ some honor in the nation's political swamp full of vipers, some of them being of the lawless exotic version.

wonder how many people have been killed to date w/ all those 'assault weapons' our favorite commiekenyan sold to some other mass murdering drug gangs along the border? notice how they quit counting the dead once the clowns in d.c. screeched 'executive privilege', then ran and hid? having caligula II sitting in the highest office in the land does have its down side, 24/7/365. odd how someone who would run away screaming if confronted by a real man has power over the most powerful military in the world, for now.
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Finally. Proper and appropriate services and tribute is being provided to these war victims in this topsy-turvy Obama scurvy world.

I salute you, Texas.
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We was told by Holder & Obama it was work place violence - thank God I live in Texas, if the liberals continue to destroy the US hopefully we will keep them out of Texas
33 weeks ago
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Good on them. Okay, Gov. Fallon, you're turn. (I married an Okie, my cross to bear)... ;)
33 weeks ago
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Texas is schooling the Obama Administration again.
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Veterans, please come to Texas. We need you and are willing to back it up with our tax dollars to get you the education you want or need to make the transition. http://www.tvc.texas.gov/Hazlewood-Act.aspx
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Thank You so very much for Texas Patriots and their steps toward responsible and compassionate governance!
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