MILWAUKEE - An
Army Reservist from Milwaukee who was killed in the 2009
Fort Hood shootings has been awarded the Purple Heart.
crowd of family, friends, veterans, service members, medical
personnel and patients honored Russell Seager on Friday at
the Milwaukee VA Medical Clinic as a three-star general
presented the medal to his family.
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports Fort Hood victims
originally did not qualify for the Purple Heart because the
killings were deemed an act of workplace violence. But
through the efforts of victims, families and others,
Congress changed the eligibility rule this year.
51-year-old Seager was a Milwaukee VA nurse practitioner who
was headed to Afghanistan with an Army Reserve combat stress
unit. The captain was one of 13 people killed at the Texas