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The main gate at the Fort Hood Army Base. (credit: Paul J. Richards/AFP/Getty Images)

The main gate at the Fort Hood Army Base. (credit: Paul J. Richards/AFP/Getty Images)

KILLEEN (AP) – U.S. Sen. John Cornyn and two Texas congressmen say they will push for legislation to reclassify the Fort Hood shooting as an act of terror.

Victims and relatives of the 13 killed in the 2009 rampage have protested that the federal government has categorized the shooting as workplace violence. They say that decision deprives them of injury benefits they deserve.

The Honoring the Fort Hood Heroes Act would provide life insurance, tax breaks for death in a combat zone, and other combat-related pay.

The announcement this week comes after a military jury sentenced Maj. Nidal Hasan to death. Hasan has claimed he was a soldier “who switched sides” on behalf of his Islamic beliefs.

Cornyn says the attack showed that terrorists can attack at home as well as abroad.

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