Because this soldier wasn't injured in Iraq, and because he was shot on a US Army base by another soldier, the Army doesn't recognize his injuries as combat related, so the army/government doesn't offer the support or help for them that a soldier injured in Iraq or Afghanistan would have received.
He was shot that day because of his decision to put on that uniform and fight for his country, a decision he made without doubt or regret. This soldier will never be the same, his life:
He will have at least one more surgery to reconstruct his skull and will probably be hospitalized for an additional 2-3 months after that and then have several months or years of outpatient therapy.
This soldier was at Fort Hood, TX Army Base Soldier Readiness Center checking in after returning from a second tour in Iraq. He was 5 days away from going to Officer Candidate School and pursuing a long time dream of becoming an Officer in the army. That all changed that day when one man that this soldier had never met, came in and started shooting. The gunman's goal was to kill as many Americans as he could and then take his own life.
This soldier saw the laser pointed at his head and was shot 4 times.
When is our country going to wake up and face the fact that any soldier injured or killed by a radical muslem in our country deserves the same benefits, help, and support as any soldier in Iraq or Afghanistan???