Obama Opposes Purple Heart for Arkansas Soldier and Those Slain at Ft. Hood
Representative Tim Griffin of Arkansas posted a video on his Youtube page on May 18, 2012 in support of a bill that could give an Arkansas soldier the Purple Heart.
The slain soldier in question, Army Pvt. William “Andy” Long, was killed in 2009 outside of a recruiting center in Little Rock, AR.
Because Long was killed in a domestic act of terror, the Obama administration feels that he is ineligible for the Purple Heart — since he feels that it is not a combat zone.
Long’s killer, Abdulhakim Muhammad, is serving a life sentence without the possibility for parole after pleading guilty in July to shooting Long and Pvt. Quinton Ezeagwula outside a west Little Rock military recruiting center on June 1, 2009. Ezeagwula, of Jacksonville, was wounded but survived the attack.
The bill is expected to pass the House of Representatives. It is unknown how the bill would fair in the Senate and the Obama administration is on record as opposing the bill.