"My immediate thoughts and prayers are with the wounded and with the families of the fallen, and with those who live and serve at Fort Hood. These are men and women who have made the selfless and courageous decision to risk and at times give their lives to protect the rest of us on a daily basis. It's difficult enough when we lose these brave Americans in battles overseas. It is horrifying that they should come under fire at an Army base on American soil." President Barack H. Obama
These words by President Obama were spoken on November 6, 2009, the day after Muslim jihadist Nidal Malik Hasan, Major, U.S. Army and an American citizen, massacred 14 (including Francheska Velez' unborn child) and wounded 32 civilians and military personnel at Ft. Hood, Texas.
On April 9, 2014, President Obama again visited Ft. Hood to attend a memorial service for the victims of its second tragedy, a rampage by SPC Ivan Antonio Lopez resulting in the death of three and wounding of 16. About this latest tragedy, he said it “tears at wounds still raw from five years ago.”
But the White House refused a request by Staff Sgt. Alonzo Lunsford (ret.) to meet with President Obama during this trip to Ft. Hood. Alonzo had wanted to explain in a face-to-face visit with the president of his belief that “the government has mistreated and disrespected the victims” of the 2009 attack by Hasan”.
So instead of meeting with Lunsford, the president left the memorial service to attend a political fundraiser. As The Ulsterman Report opined, this chain of events did nothing more than “adding significant insult to what are already grievous injuries to Ft. Hood soldiers and their families.”
Former civilian police officer Sgt. Kimberly Munley also has a story to tell. She was shot three times by Hasan when she arrived on the scene to help stop his shooting spree. After receiving an invitation, she sat next to Michelle Obama during President Obama's 2010 State of the Union speech. Afterwards she had her picture taken with Mrs. Obama.
However, as a civilian employee, her contract was not renewed and has since been unable to find work due to her injuries. Three years later, she felt she and the other Hasan victims were “betrayed” by President Obama because he told her the “victims would be well taken care of.” In an interview with ABC News two years later, she said, “Betrayed is a good word. Not to the least little bit have the victims been taken care of. In fact, the've been neglected.”
Sgt. Lunsford lost an eye but was able to continue with his career in the U.S. Army. Munley, who flat-lined twice after one of Hasan's bullets had struck a femoral artery, has unselfishly continued to lead a “campaign to get the military victims what she viewed as their due benefits and honors.”
These two people have genuine issues with President Obama. The question is will President Obama finally change his mind about his declaration that the Hasan massacre was an incident of “workplace violence” and keep his promise to Munley?
Only time will tell if they, the families of the 14 dead and the other 30 injured will receive the honors and benefits they were promised. We can only hope so because our patience is wearing thin.