Fort Hood victim fights for health care

CREATED Nov 11, 2012

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MILWAUKEE - The shootings at Fort Hood three years ago are classified as the deadlist ever on an American base.

But, because the government classified it as a work place shooting and not a terrorist attack, heroes like Amber Bahr-Gadlin have been left with no benefits like medical care.

"I don't think I'm a hero, because I did just what I was trained to do that day," Amber Bahr-Gadlin says.

Former Special First Class Amber Bahr-Gadlin is modest about the saving lives of other soliders three years ago.

The Random Lake woman was shot by accused gunman Mahor Nidal Hasan at Fort Hood. Thirteen people were killed.

More than 30 were hurt, including Bahr-Gadlin.

"She suffers from PTSD," Bahr-Gadlin's mother, Lisa Pfund, says. "She had survivors guilt, some days are really bad."

Pfund tells TODAY'S TMJ4 that despite her heroic efforts, her daughter is left suffering and not getting the medical care she needs.

"She still has some bullet fragments in her back and there's nothing they can do about them, but those hurt her once in a while," Pfund says.

It's being called a work place shooting, even though the gunman had alleged ties to terrorist groups.

It means soldiers like Bahr-Gadlin don't get any benefits after their tour ends.

"The people who are still on active duty, they can get it taken care of," Bahr-Gadlin says. "The ones of us who aren't anymore, we're just kind of sitting out here."

Bahr-Gadlin's mother says she'll keep fighting for her daughter, who fought for her country.

Bahr-Gadlin was married two years ago and is a new mother herself. She's also in school for new career in the medical field.