Retired Staff Sgt. Shawn Manning, shot six times by Maj. Nidal Hasan, estimates that the lack of a combat designation for his wounds has cost him thousands of dollars in retirement benefits and pay as well as priority placement in the Department of Veterans Affairs health care system.
But Manning and other shooting survivors hope that the end of Hasan’s court-martial, as well as statements made by the Army psychiatrist in and out of the courtroom in the past month, will bring them closer to their long-held goal of receiving Purple Hearts and an official classification of the event as a terrorist attack.
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