Fleischmann announces bill to award Purple Hearts to shooting victims

Chuck Fleischmann
photo Chuck Fleischmann

The FBI hasn't declared the July 16 attacks on two Chattanooga military sites terrorism, but Congress is letting its opinion be known.

U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann on Monday told the Times Free Press he had gathered support for a bill that would grant Purple Heart awards for the five U.S. servicemen gunned down July 16 at the U.S. Naval and Marine Reserve Center on Amnicola Highway.

"Chattanooga and America lost five exceptional service members to a horrendous attack on our home soil," Fleischmann said in an email to the Chattanooga Times Free Press. "These men proudly served their country, and several made the ultimate sacrifice while braving fire in order to save others."