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Fort Hood Shooting hero helping victims and families

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One of the heroes in the Fort Hood Shooting is looking to help the victims and their families with financial help and expanding awareness of the tragic event.

Kim Munley, the woman who shot Nidal Hasan, says beyond Texas, most people don't know or remember the shooting. She says since moving from Texas to North Carolina, she is now doing her part to remind people about the tragedy that took place at Fort Hood.

It has been four and a half years since the shooting, and victims and their families say they have not seen the benefits they deserve. That is because the attack was controversially classified as 'workplace violence' and not 'an act of terror.'

Munley, a retired Fort Hood police sergeant, says this is not right.

"The whole world knows that it was a terrorist attack. The whole world knows the link between Hasan and Al-awlaki and his extremist views. So it is a no brainer, they just need to make this wrong a right, and they need to do this soon," Munley said.

After so many years, Munley says the wait makes it frustrating for those affected by the attack. She says something needed to be done, so she created her own non-profit organization to help those victims in need.

"So if I can make up by doing this non-profit and spreading the awareness then you know...nothing is going to make up for what happened that day, but if I can help in any way to make their life a little bit easier that is the goal of establishing the non-profit," Munley said.

Munley says the benefits lost by the victims and their families are too valuable for them not to have, even five years after the attack.  

"A lot of people do not understand the comprehension of what they are losing right now and being neglected on. It is not about a monetary value, it is about a mental health counseling, it is about priority levels when they go to the VA to seek help," Munley said.

The attack is still fresh in her mind, and she knows the victims have been through a lot.

"So I am blessed that I do not have a lot of the issues that some of the other victims have. I went into the scene armed. I knew what I was going to do," Munley said. "I can't imagine sitting there, defenseless, and someone walking in and shooting up the entire place that is a whole new realm."

Munley says she has physical limitations because of several surgeries and emotionally she is still thinks about the shooting all time.

UPDATE:

Munley held a concert to benefit the victims and their families Friday night at Whiskey Creek Saloon in Killeen. She showed up around 8:00 p.m. before the Mulch Brothers played at 10:30. She says it was good seeing her old friends.

She met up with Noel Del-Rosario who helped Munley recover in the hospital after the 2009 shooting. Both say it was great seeing each other.

Munley also says the concert is not about gaining money for the victims, but to spread awareness. She just wants to make sure the victims and the tragedy is never forgotten.

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