Congressman Allen West (FL-22) today introduces bi-partisan legislation addressing the treatment of members of the Armed Services killed or wounded in a terrorist attack.
The Global Combat Zone Recognition Act ensures that men and women targeted specifically because they wear our nation's uniform are treated the same as those who are attacked in active combat zones.
"The complexities of the 21st Century Battlefield require us to reassess and redefine what a combat zone is," West said. "Our men and women in uniform today face a non-state, non-uniform belligerent who has no regard for international borders or boundaries, to include our homeland. Our fight against radical Islam is not just against the Taliban in Afghanistan or al Qaida in Iraq, but against a global movement aimed at destroying Western civilization as we know it."
"From Fort Hood, Texas, to Little Rock, Arkansas, to Frankfurt, Germany, radicals have targeted the men and women of our Armed Forces simply because they were in uniform. Whether in the United States, Europe or the Middle East, any soldier, sailor, airman or Marine killed or wounded in this global conflict deserves nothing less than to be treated as if they were fighting in Iraq or Afghanistan."