... EDIT ... with new poll (thanks to 98acoma27) ... don't forget to to vote twice ... (1) status & then (2) your vote
I have been watching this new "Purple Heart" debate in Congress & the DoD now and would like to know your thoughts.
Thoughts of those .... (1) in the military .... (2) have been in the military ..... (3) and those who have not been in the military.
Without googling it ...the basic rules for a "Purple Heart" up until now ... that the injury had to basically draw blood in a combat and be caused by an enemy.
Now, before you vote ... a few things to think about ...
Many in WW1 who were gassed with poison gas such as mustard gas in combat were not given a "Purple Heart". I grew up with my grandfather and he was in WW1 and was hit with shrapnel and gassed ... but was only given a PH for his shrapnel wound. His gas injury was in field combat in France and was much, much worse than his shrapnel injury.
I was injured twice (very minor surface injuries) and received 2 PHs in RVN. My last injury was a broken back (much worse than surface injuries) and I did not receive a PH for that back injury.
Now, with so many TBIs (Traumatic Brain Injuries) and concussions in Iraq & Afghanistan .. should those injured soldiers get a PH too ?
Should PHs be awarded to those with PTSD too ... PTSD can be worse than a major wound.
Just curious on your "military status" and what you think about the "PH Debate"
I tried to set up a poll ... but did not know how to do so ... maybe a poll could be set up on this too ...
Please consider ALL injuries as a direct result of combat in this debate - and please post your thoughts and comments - thanks ....