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Do you think they deserve a Purple Heart?

If someone in the military gets an "invisible" injury such as TBI (traumatic brain injury) from enemy action, do you think they should get a Purple Heart?


Asked by FelipesMom at 9:28 AM on Mar. 17, 2011 in Politics & Current Events

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  • Yes, they most definantly should. A friend of mine who went to iraq with my husband 3 years ago had gotten blown up in his hum v, he walked out of it thinking he had no injuries. Later he began having migrains and couldn't seem to get his timing right. Apparently, he suffered a brain injury to where he can only see things happening 5 seconds after it has already happened. Example, we see someone hit their breaks right now, he sees that they hit their breaks 5 seconds after it already happened. He still suffers horrible migrains, but he was medically discharged and is now home with his wife and 2 kids.

    Answer by amber1330 at 9:52 AM on Mar. 17, 2011

  • Of course....

    Answer by Luuckymommy at 9:32 AM on Mar. 17, 2011

  • Yes, absolutely.
    You might be surprised what they give purple hearts for. My grandfather-in-law is a recipient, because he and some buddies were driving back to the barracks from the O club in Korea, and they were about to crash into a tree (drunk). He lept out of the Jeep, and lost his leg from the knee down. Got a purple heart. I think someone who got a traumatic brain injury from actual enemy action is a whole lot more deserving (no offense, Pa!).

    Answer by musicpisces at 9:32 AM on Mar. 17, 2011

  • absolutely. TBI's are serious, and they can and usually do seriously alter and change life for people who have them.

    Answer by ArmyWifeAshlie at 9:32 AM on Mar. 17, 2011

  • yes, they fought for thier country and it was caused by doing that, they do deserve it.

    Answer by jenn4443 at 9:34 AM on Mar. 17, 2011

  • Yes, they should ... and music OMG he got a purple heart for that??????

    Answer by pammomof9 at 9:42 AM on Mar. 17, 2011

  • He did :) he is such a wonderful person as well as his wife. It was awful thing that happened, but we were all so relieved that he was ok besides his injury.

    Answer by amber1330 at 10:33 AM on Mar. 17, 2011


    Yet Army commanders have routinely denied Purple Hearts to soldiers who have sustained concussions in Iraq....also called mild traumatic brain injuries.......

    So, to clarify the tease of the TBI, soldiers with a concussion is having a hard time getting a Purple Heart. Now, I think that any injury should be recognized, but a concussion. I have had 9 of them, while I was a teenager and training horses - 9. Mild concussions do not leave any lasting injury. I think I can understand this better. The solder treats the, well, my mom called it a 'bump on the head' and went back to duty. 


    Answer by jesse123456 at 4:49 PM on Mar. 17, 2011

  • Well, until very recently, most soldiers with TIB were not getting Purple Hearts!

    Comment by FelipesMom (original poster) at 9:34 AM on Mar. 17, 2011

  • (*TBI, not TIB - typo!)

    Comment by FelipesMom (original poster) at 9:35 AM on Mar. 17, 2011