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Army Orders Financial Benefits for Fort Hood Survivors, Family Members

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Thirteen people were killed in the attack and 31 others were injured.

FORT HOOD, TX - APRIL 03: Flowers lie at the entrance to Ft. Hood Military Base Ton April 3, 2014 in Fort Hood, Texas. The investigation continues into why Lopez did the shooting on the base. Drew Anthony Smith/Getty Images

FORT HOOD, Texas (AP) -- Dozens of soldiers and surviving family members of the 2009 Fort Hood shooting are receiving additional Army pay that they felt was long overdue.

FORT HOOD, TX - APRIL 03: Flowers lie at the entrance to Ft. Hood Military Base Ton April 3, 2014 in Fort Hood, Texas. The investigation continues into why Lopez did the shooting on the base. Drew Anthony Smith/Getty Images FORT HOOD, TX - APRIL 03: Flowers lie at the entrance to Ft. Hood Military Base Ton April 3, 2014 in Fort Hood, Texas. The investigation continues into why Lopez did the shooting on the base. Drew Anthony Smith/Getty Images

The announcement from Army Sec. John McHugh on Thursday comes a week after 36 Purple Hearts were awarded to victims and relatives of the deadliest shooting on a U.S. military base.

Thirteen people were killed in the attack and 31 others were injured.

McHugh said the Purple Heart recipients will receive extra hostile fire pay and other compensation. A group of soldiers are still seeking more money from the government in an ongoing lawsuit.

The Army spent years refusing Purple Hearts to Fort Hood victims because the military contended the shooting was an act of workplace violence and not terrorism.

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