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Soldiers With Brain Trauma Denied Purple Hearts, Adding Insult to Injury

Posted by defensebaseactcomp on September 9, 2010

by T Christian Miller ProPublica and Dan Zwerdling NPR

The U.S. Army honors soldiers wounded or killed in combat with the Purple Heart, a powerful symbol designed to recognize their sacrifice and service.

Yet Army commanders have routinely denied Purple Hearts to soldiers who have sustained concussions in Iraq, despite regulations that make such wounds eligible for the medal, an investigation by NPR and ProPublica has found.

Soldiers have had to battle for months and sometimes years to prove that these wounds [1], also called mild traumatic brain injuries, merit the honor, our reporting showed. Commanders turned down some soldiers despite well-documented blast wounds that wrenched their minds, altered their lives and wracked their families.

The Army twice denied a Purple Heart for Sgt. Nathan Scheller, though the aftereffects from two roadside explosions in Iraq have left him with lasting cognitive problems, according to the Army’s own records.

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One Response to “Soldiers With Brain Trauma Denied Purple Hearts, Adding Insult to Injury”

  1. Eleanor said

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100923/ap_on_go_ca_st_pe/us_pentagon_investigation

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