- Associated Press - Saturday, December 13, 2014

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - The recently passed Defense Authorization Bill includes a provision allowing the Purple Heart to be awarded to two Arkansas soldiers who were shot outside a military recruiting station in Little Rock.

The provision supported by Sens. Mark Pryor and John Boozman authorizes the Purple Heart to members of the military killed or wounded in an attack that specifically targets them because they are a member of the U.S. Armed Forces or is carried out by a foreign terrorist organization.

The Army will determine if attacks meet the qualifications.

The measure was sought on behalf of Privates William Long and Quinton Ezeagwula. Long was killed and Ezeagwula was wounded in the 2009 shooting in Little Rock.

Abdulhakim Muhammad is serving a life sentence after pleading guilty to capital murder and attempted capital murder in the case.

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