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Why soldiers who suffer mental or emotional damage should receive a purple heart

Mind Candy

Discussion has been raised yet again as to whether the Purple Heart should be awarded to those whom have suffered mental/emotional damage due to their service in a declared war zone. The sentiment seems to be that the answer is no, although Defense Secretary Robert Gates stated it is something that needs to be looked at. As soon as Gates intimated further review was warranted on this possibility camps set up on each side and the battle began.

The Purple heart was established in 1782 by General George Washington and has historically been awarded to only those suffering a physical injury in combat although there have been rare exceptions. Such conditions such as PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) that are directly linked to combat but show no physical scars are now being considered as possibly qualifying for the Purple Heart. The Army argues PTSD is not an injury but an…

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