Congressman Roger Williams (R-TX 25) released the following statement today, on the 10th anniversary of the Fort Hood massacre, which injured more than 30 individuals and took the lives of 14 others, including 12 military service members, one civilian and an unborn child:

“The act of sheer evil on United States soil 10 years ago today was unthinkable, as 14 innocent lives were taken, including an unborn child. Over the last decade, we have seen extraordinary resilience and an outpouring of support from our community coming together to heal – and because of it, we have showed the world the very best of America. I am forever grateful for the heroic actions of those who brought an end to the violence, and my prayers are with the families of those taken far too soon. Our men and women in uniform put their lives on the line every day to protect our freedom and we will never forget the stories of our fallen brothers and sisters. May God bless our troops and may He continue to bless the United States of America.”

 Four years after the terrorist attack at Fort Hood, Congressman Williams and Congressman John Carter (R-TX 31) supported legislation in the House of Representatives to ensure the victims received full benefits and awards equal to those of their deployed counterparts, including the Purple Heart. In 2015, the U.S. Army announced they would receive the award.