The Department of Defense has confirmed that accused Fort Hood shooter Major Nidal Hasan has now been paid more than $278,000 since his deadly rampage in 2009.
According to the Army, the Uniformed Code of Military Justice allows for Hassan to receive a salary until he’s proven guilty. This comes as the shooting victims are pressing the government to designate the Fort Hood attack as “combat,” rather than its current label of “workplace violence” – which would afford survivors thousands of dollars in benefits.
“There have been times when my wife and I cannot afford groceries. We cannot afford gas in our car,” said retired Army Spc. Logan Burnett who was shot three times during the Nov. 5th attack. “Literally, times where we ate Ramen noodles for weeks on end. This [that Hasan is still earning a paycheck] makes me sick to my stomach.”
Burnett has joined dozens of other Fort Hood victims in a lawsuit against the Army demanding the benefits they believe they’ve been unfairly denied.
“I refuse to continue letting Nidal Hasan win. And I leave the “Major” part out, because even though, unfortunately, he’s still being paid better than I am, he doesn’t deserve that rank,” said Burnett.