Purple Hearts, TBIs and No Brainers

Purple Hearts, TBIs and No Brainers

The Marine Corps Times is asking for opinions.  Reporters are interested in finding out how Marines feel about a possible criteria change for awarding the Purple Heart to those who have suffered traumatic brain injuries.

Thousands of troops would be eligible to receive the Purple Heart if the criteria is changed to include those who have suffered concussions and head injuries.

The Marine Corps Times is interested in finding out if anyone is concerned that this change could “water-down the award’s significance.”

The Purple Heart is awarded in the name of the President of the United States to any member of an Armed Force or any civilian national of the United States who, while serving under competent authority in any capacity with one of the U.S. Armed Services after 5 April 1917, has been wounded or killed, or who has died or may hereafter die after being wounded-

  • (1) In any action against an enemy of the United States.
    (2) In any action with an opposing armed force of a foreign country in which the Armed Forces of the United States are or have been engaged.
    (3) While serving with friendly foreign forces engaged in an armed conflict against an opposing armed force in which the United States is not a belligerent party.
    (4) As a result of an act of any such enemy of opposing armed forces.
    (5) As the result of an act of any hostile foreign force
    (6) After 28 March 1973, as a result of an international terrorist attack against the United States or a foreign nation friendly to the United States, recognized as such an attack by the Secretary of the Army, or jointly by the Secretaries of the separate armed services concerned if persons from more than one service are wounded in the attack.
    (7) After 28 March 1973, as a result of military operations while serving outside the territory of the United States as part of a peacekeeping force.

It’s my opinion that anyone who would feel concern that this change would “water-down” the significance of the Purple Heart would be one who has no clue what type of impact a mild TBI can have on the life of the one who has sustained the injury.

Ask any disabled combat veteran, or his family members, if the traumatic brain injury he sustained during combat on behalf of the United States should be deemed eligible.  The answer to that question, my friends, is a no-brainer!

The Marine Corps Times is looking for opinions.  If you would like to give them yours, you can follow the link in this article.

For more information about the effects of TBI on our troops and their families, click here and read here.

Originally published by the author on fellednot.com.

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