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Alleged Fort Hood Shooter Nidal Hasan Still Collecting Military Paycheck

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The man accused of perpetrating the 2009 mass shooting at Fort Hood that left 13 dead and 32 injured is still collecting his pay from the U.S. government.

Under the Military Code of Justice the U.S. Army can’t suspend Nidal Hasan’s pay until he has been proven guilty of the crime. Since he has yet to go to trial, the former major will continue to collect. He has been paid more than $270,000 since the shooting.

The circumstances would be different if Hasan were a civilian government worker. Personnel rules for civilian government workers allow for "indefinite suspensions" in cases "when the agency has reasonable cause to believe that the employee has committed a crime for which a sentence of imprisonment may be imposed." In Hasan’s case, it is likely that his pay would have been suspended after only seven days.

As Hasan keeps collecting checks, many of the soldiers who were hurt during the massive attack at Fort Hood are still fighting to collect pay and benefits after being wounded, The Blaze reported.  

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Retired Army Spc. Logan Burnett was hit three times during the shooting spree. “I honestly thought I was going to die in that building,” said Burnett. “Just blood everywhere and then the thought of — that’s my blood everywhere.”

Burnett has had more than a dozen surgeries and been forced to pay for them without government assistance because the military did not designate the wounds he and other victims suffered during the Fort Hood shooting as “combat related.”

Since the wounds were not labeled as combat related, Burnett and other shooting victims are not given combat-related pay and they are not eligible for Purple Heart retirement or medical benefits given to soldiers wounded in combat.

Sources: The Blaze, NBC DFW