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Wisconsin Rep. Petri co-signs bill declaring Fort Hood massacre terrorisim

Rep. Tom Petri
Rep. Tom Petri

WASHINGTON D.C. (WTAQ) - As Congress looks into the shootings at the Washington Navy Yard, a Wisconsin House member says there's still unfinished business from the 2009 Fort Hood massacre.

Fond du Lac Representative Tom Petri has co-signed a bill to declare the Fort Hood shootings as an act of terrorism. Right now, it's officially declared as "workplace violence." 

As a result, Petri says the victims and their survivors are being denied the military medals and benefits they deserve. Two Wisconsin soldiers were killed, and six other state residents survived.

One of them, Dorothy Carskadon of Madison, first brought up the classification issue almost a year ago. At the time, she said the Fort Hood victims were being denied Purple Heart awards. 

Petri calls that "bureaucratic and political." Tuesday, he joined 100 other House members who've co-signed a measure to reclassify the Fort Hood massacre as terrorism. 

Petri said the Pentagon had previous concerns about the idea, because shooter Nidal Hasan's trial was not finished yet.

Last month, Hasan was convicted of killing a total of 13 soldiers at Fort Hood and injuring 32 others. A jury ordered the death penalty.

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