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Army Plans New Guidelines to Resolve Denials of Purple Hearts to Brain-Injured Soldiers

T Christian Miller and Dan Zwerdling ProPublica and NPR March 18, 2011

Acknowledging that commanders have sometimes wrongly denied the Purple Heart to soldiers who suffered battlefield concussions, the Army plans to issue new guidance to clarify when such recognition is warranted, Army officials said Wednesday.

In addition, the Army is planning to prioritize appeals from brain-injured soldiers who feel they should not have been turned down for the medal, a hallowed military honor that recognizes those injured in combat.

Gen. Peter Chiarelli, the Army’s second in command, said hereviewed the Army’s policies on the Purple Heart and called for the new guidelines as a result of an investigation byProPublica and NPR [1]. In a report published last September [2], we found that Army commanders denied Purple Hearts to some soldiers who sustained concussions, despite regulations that make those who suffer such wounds eligible for the medal.

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March 21, 2011 - Posted by | Pentagon, Traumatic Brain Injury | , , ,

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