This interview with a Fort Hood survivor is worth watching, but here’s a partial transcript if you don’t have the time.
Sgt. Alonzo Lunsford, who will be the prosecution’s lead witness. Lunsford was shot seven times in the deadly nightmare.
Attorney General Eric Holder has refrained from filing terrorism charges in the case, despite the myriad connections to extremist leanings, including fact that Hasan was in contact with Al Qaeda before the “workplace shooting.”
“Not only am I disappointed [in Holder], I’m embarrassed. Mr. Holder needs to understand the repercussions of his actions,” Lunsford said, adding that perhaps the attorney general should visit troops overseas in Afghanistan or Iraq to better understand how and why service men and women do what they do.
Lunsford also expressed outrage at the fact that some victims are financially struggling, but because of the categorization of the shooting as a “workplace shooting,” he and those other victims are not entitled to combat-related benefits they would have received had they been injured overseas. To make matters worse, Hasan has continued to receive paychecks over the past four years.
Every time Holder lays down at home in peace, Lunsford said, “he needs to understand he’s able to do that because of the blood that’s been shed by service members…”