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The Military will no longer be issuing Purple Hearts for PTSD(didn't know they done that). PTSD is part of combat and is a part of combat and is not a wound inflicted by the enemy. Sounds like they are trying to minamize PTSD to me.

Aside from the DOD being clueless what Washington's original medal was about, which had nothing to do with being wounded, they should at least come up with something else. They need to stop acting as if PTSD is anything to be ashamed of. The title itself means "wound" by the word "trauma" which is Greek for wound.

There was an award called the Wound Chevron.

A Wound Chevron was a badge of the United States Army which was authorized for wear on an Army uniform between the years of 1918 and 1932. The Wound Chevron was displayed on the lower right cuff of a military uniform, and denoted wounds which were received in combat against an enemy force. The Wound Chevron was a replacement insignia for the short lived Army Wound Ribbon.

In 1932, with the creation of the Purple Heart, Wound Chevrons were no longer awarded to Army personnel. A directive of the United States War Department permitted soldiers to exchange wound chevrons for the new Purple Heart medal. This was not required, however, and some Army personnel elected to retain wound chevrons for wear on the military uniform instead of the Purple Heart. For those who were subsequently wounded in the Second World War, both the original wound chevrons and the Purple Heart medal were worn simultaneously. It is historically agreed that Army regulations did not permit wearing both the Purple Heart and the Wound Chevron at the same time; however, photographic evidence indicates that this was often done by veterans of both the First World War and Second World War.

If they really want PTSD to be seen for what it is, then they should stop treating it like a sub-class wound that is less honorable than other wounds. Just because it does not break the skin that does not mean it was not caused by the enemy. Combat is inflicting the most harm on the enemy as possible. This wound cuts them so deeply many would rather have lost a limb instead. Since the DOD does not sub-classify a graze instead of an entry wound, they should treat all wounds equally. I've posted on this before and I'm more convinced than ever they need to actually honor this wound as a wound if they really want to get rid of the stigma.


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The Military will no longer be issuing Purple Hearts for PTSD (didn't know they done that).

DoD has never issued Purple Heart for PTSD. ~Wings

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