In the aftermath of the latest Fort Hood attack and with the news that it was another female hero, (still unidentified) that selflessly put herself in harms’ way to stop a killer, here’s hoping that she is treated better than Fort Hood Police Sgt. Kimberly Munley. Munley, who sustained three gunshot wounds, including one to the femoral artery, flat-lined twice at the hospital after engaging terrorist Nidal Hasan while he conducted his jihad against unsuspecting, unprotected, unarmed service men and women at Fort Hood in 2009. Lauded as a hero, honored by President Obama, Munley was rewarded by being laid off due to budget cuts.
Munley could have gone home and “licked her wounds”, figuratively speaking, and raised her family in anonymity and relative peace– would anyone have blamed her?Instead, she has used her story of remarkable survival to not only help ensure Hasan’s conviction and death sentence through her testimony, but to become an outspoken advocate for the victims and their families of the Fort Hood massacre. Denied benefits and honors, including the Purple Heart, because of this administration’s failure to acknowledge that the bloodbath was a terrorist attack and not a random act of “workplace” violence, military service members have been severely limited in the benefits they can receive for their medical and financial needs.
In a recent interview, Munley was asked why it is so important to have the attack reclassified as an act of terrorism.
“…Because the soldiers and victims from that day are being neglected from a lot of benefits and it’s only the right thing to do. The evidence is there. They said they were going to take care of the soldiers and the victims and they’ve yet to do that…We’re going to keep fighting until they do…”
Having started a foundation late last year for the express purpose of providing support to victims and their families, Munley has teamed up with the country band, The Mulch Brothers, on their Spread the Mulch tour to raise awareness for the work her foundation is doing.
“…After meeting Kim and hearing the whole story of what happened here at Fort Hood, we knew we had to help,” Mark Mulch said. All of the proceeds from the sale of their song “I’m All In,” will be going to the Kim Munley Foundation. “Every time we perform the song ‘I’m All In’ at our shows, we tell people the story of what happened here at Fort Hood…”
By the way, because Munley is a civilian, she is ineligible for any of the benefits she is working so hard to obtain for the other victims.
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