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From photo op to left out: Fort Hood hero says Obama ‘betrayed’ me, other victims
The Fort Hood police sergeant who helped take down Maj. Nidal Hasan, who was given a hero's welcome just three years ago at the president's State of the Union address, says the the president has abandoned her and her fellow comrades who were victims of the attack.
"Betrayed is a good word," former Sgt. Kimberley Munley told ABC News in an interview set to broadcast Tuesday night on "World News with Diane Sawyer" and "Nightline."
"Not to the least little bit have the victims been taken care of," she said. "In fact, they've been neglected."
Despite extensive evidence that Maj. Hasan was in communication with al Qaeda prior to the attack in November 2009, the military has designated the incident as "workplace violence." Thirteen people were killed, including a pregnant woman, and 32 others were shot.
Miss Munley and dozens of other victims are suing the military saying the "workplace violence" designation means they are receiving lower priority access to medical care and financial benefits that would better be available if it was classified as "combat related."
Some of the victims "had to find civilian doctors to get proper medical treatment," said the group's lawyer, Reed Rubinstein ABC News reports.
A spokesperson for the Army said its policy is not to comment on pending litigation, but that it is "not true" any of the military victims have been neglected, ABC reports.
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