Purple Heart won’t be awarded to service members with PTSD

WASHINGTON - The Pentagon advisory committee concluded that the prestigious…

WASHINGTON – The Pentagon advisory committee concluded that the prestigious Purple Heart, awarded to service members wounded in action not be awarded to troops coming home from wars with post-traumatic stress disorder.  “I don’t think anybody should assume that the decision is in any way reflective on how seriously we take the problem of PTSD,” Defense Department secretary Geoff Morrell said.  He also mentioned that the military is budgeting money for research, development, treatment and preventive measures.  “Just because an awards committee believes this particular injury does not qualify for this award does not in any way reflect that we don’t take this problem seriously and aren’t committed to doing everything we possible can toward taking care of those who are suffering with it, he told a Pentagon press conference.

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