Ret. Col.’s candid op-ed on ’09 shooting


DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – It has been nearly two months since the Army approved Purple Hearts, and its civilian counterpart, for the 2009 Fort Hood shooting victims, following a change in the medals’ eligibility criteria mandated by Congress. Thirteen people were killed and more than 30 wounded when Army Maj. Nidal Hasan went on a shooting spree. The award ceremony will be held April 10 at Fort Hood, Texas.

Dr. Kathy Platoni, a clinical psychologist and retired colonel, was there that day and recently penned a strikingly candid opinion piece in the Wall Street Journal that takes the Army to task for its handling of the massacre. It is titled “The Army’s Fort Hood Disgrace.”

Hear what she calls “a gross miscarriage of justice” and what she believes needs to be learned from the tragedy. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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