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Ft. Hood victims in 2009 attack awarded Purple Hearts
Ft. Hood victims in 2009 attack awarded Purple Hearts

After years of lobbying, victims of the 2009 shooting rampage at Ft. Hood were awarded Purple Hearts during a somber ceremony at the central Texas military post Friday morning. For some who returned for the first time since the attack, just making it to the post was a victory. “Some days it’s a struggle to come on post when those emotions start flooding back on me,” said Staff Sgt. Eric Jackson, who lives in nearby Killeen. When the time came to have the medal pinned to his chest, Jackson had mixed emotions. “There were days I was wondering when it was ever going to happen. It’s hard not to be bitter,” he said. The delayed recognition and requisite...

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