Howard Berry, whose son was a victim in the 2009 attack at Fort Hood, said Monday that he is "disgusted by the manipulation of the English language" and how what is "clearly a terrorist act" can be labeled an act of "workplace violence."
Berry specifically referenced the attack at Fort Hood and the recent beheading of a woman in an Oklahoma food plant.
"If anyone should know what a terrorist act is, I do," Berry said on Glenn Beck's radio program. "My son was one of the victims from the first Fort Hood shooting, and that has been -- those folks have been punted to the point where it is a domestic Benghazi. We should be ashamed of ourselves. We turn our backs on the very people who volunteer to stand between us and our enemies."
Berry expressed outrage that 13 were killed and 32 wounded during the Fort Hood shooting, yet very few politicians in Washington have fought on their behalf.
"I've gone to D.C. I have written 550 letters. I've been ignored. I have been treated with the same indifference and intolerance that these people have been," he said. "It has to stop."
Berry went so far as to say that, in America, "we treat our enemies better than we do our soldiers."
"Somebody needs to speak up for these people. And I will, because they no longer have a voice," he said. "And I miss my son."
Berry said his son, SSG Joshua Berry, was a "regular guy" who had just come back from Afghanistan when the attack occurred. Berry said he talked to his son the night before the shooting, and he sounded like he had "won the lottery" because he was on his way home.
"The next thing I find out is that he's involved in the shooting," Berry said. "My son died from post-traumatic stress. He took his life February 13 of 2013 because of the indifference that our country has shown him. There's a picture I have of him with President Obama and the president is telling him -- this is back when he would say things like, 'looking for people to get a fair shake,' you know. He told my son that he had his back, that he was going to get what he needed to make him whole. And that was it."
Berry said that three months after he buried his son, he tried to contact the chief prosecutor in the Fort Hood case, and the prosecutor told him his son was in "good hands."
"He didn't understand why I was calling," Berry said. "Oh, my gosh, Glenn, they treated these folks with complete and total indifference. We treat our enemies better than we do our soldiers.... Congress has just turned a blind eye to the whole thing."
"We are a better people than this, and I think the little people in this country need to stand up and tell these folks, either do your job or get out," Berry concluded. "That's where I'm at. I want my granddaughter to grow up knowing that her father was a good man, and that he did his job and that he served his country. He volunteered. And what happened? Our country betrayed him."
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