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No Purple Hearts for PTSD

http://militarytimes.com/news/2009/01/military_purpleheart_ptsd_010609w/

agree or not? Comments?

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Anonymous

Asked by Anonymous at 3:37 PM on Oct. 1, 2009 in Politics & Current Events

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  • Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 3:40 PM on Oct. 1, 2009

  • I agree. Purple hearts are for people who actually suffer physical harm. Almost everyone who goes to war gets PTSD to some degree, so giving out purple hearts to everyone would not make sense. Furthermore, if they started giving out purple hearts to PTSD sufferers now, how fair would it be to the many thousands of PTSD sufferers from Vietnam, Korean War, WW's 1 and 2, and so on? PTSD isn't new, and untold numbers of our soldiers have had to deal with it.

    How about we give PTSD sufferers what they REALLY need.....the treatment and help they NEED and DESERVE so that they can put their lives back together.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 4:17 PM on Oct. 1, 2009

  • 4:17 are you saying that PTSD sufferers deserve no recognition?
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 4:28 PM on Oct. 1, 2009

  • PTSD sufferers are no different the POWs but instead of being trapped by the enemy in the war zone, the enemy brings the warzone into their own minds and traps them there.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 4:40 PM on Oct. 1, 2009

  • Most of the men who have serve in the military on this website have agree with the ruling. 

    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 5:09 PM on Oct. 1, 2009

  • What happened to shell shock? It sounds so much more formidable. But no PTSD is a part of war. Everyone would get purple hearts and deminish the meaning.
    Carpy

    Answer by Carpy at 5:34 PM on Oct. 1, 2009

  • I don't think everyone who gets PTSD should get a purple heart. Its kind of like giving a trophy to every person who played the game. If you gave it for PTSD you would have to give it to EVERY service member who served during war time and came home with any condition that maybe contributed to them being in combat.
    abbynzachsmommy

    Answer by abbynzachsmommy at 5:40 PM on Oct. 1, 2009

  • Well being the wife of a Marine who has two purple hearts as well as suffers from PTSD, I do not believe that he should get a third because of his PTSD. A purple heart stands for being wounded or killed in war. This is in a phsycial aspect not a mental aspect. You can be treated for PTSD but may never recover from your wounds suffered from an IED, gunshot wound, whatever might be. People who let PTSD run their life are those who don't want the help, the help is available. Every year my husband has to take a survey because he has been in a combat zone that tests his mental state. However, they are now trying to pinpoint if this is suffered do to a TBI (tramatic Brain Injury) suffered from an explosion.
    usmc0351wife

    Answer by usmc0351wife at 5:52 PM on Oct. 1, 2009

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