For Sgt. Matt Cooke, the shooting at Fort Hood is something not forgotten; something he’ll carry for the rest of his life.
Cooke was at the Solider Readiness Preparation Center when Major Nidal Hasan began firing at soldiers and civilians inside the center. Cooke threw himself on top of the fellow soldier who had been shot in the chest. Cooke was shot five times as he dove in the air to save another; one bullet grazed his head, another ripped through his intestines.
Today, Cooke is still fighting for the men and women who were killed or wounded at Fort Hood. Along with Congressman Robert Pittenger, Cooke is lobbying for the passage of House Resolution 3111, which would classify the shooting as an act of terrorism instead of violence at the workplace. If the classification changed, survivors and those who passed who receive Purple Hearts and survivors would receive extensive disability benefits.
Cooke accompanied Pittenger to the State of the Union Address were the two lobbied for the legislation.