They were all killed in the line of duty, shot down by an attacker who targeted them because of their military service to America, felled in a hail of gunfire by a Muslim stranger known to have been interested in Islamic beliefs about martyrdom and the afterlife. Yet, unless the FBI declares that the shooter — identified as Mohammad Youssuf Abdulazeez — had specific ties to a terror organization such as ISIS, the five servicemen slaughtered in Chattanooga may not receive Purple Hearts and the accompanying benefits that would help their survivors.
On the Fox News show The Kelly File Monday night, Megyn Kelly dealt with the Purple Heart controversy that calls to mind the reluctance of President Obama to lower flags at the White House and other government buildings to half-staff in honor of the four Marines and one sailor murdered in Chattanooga. The lengthy fight to have the Fort Hood shooting victims be awarded Purple Hearts was also part of the discussion between Kelly and retired Lt. Col. Tony Shaffer.
By clicking on the video above, you can watch the segment from The Kelly File in which Shaffer declared that the Chattanooga attack is “being politicized” and that the lingering questions over the awarding of Purple Hearts to the five fallen military men are “totally insane.”
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