The Pentagon has sought to assure troops that it takes post-traumatic stress seriously despite the recent decision not to award the Purple Heart to those with the disorder. An advisory committee concluded that troops coming home from the wars with combat stress cases collectively known as post-traumatic stress disorder will not qualify for the prestigious medal awarded to service members wounded in action...

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307 hits Rate me! Share Favorite | Flag 13 years ago by KikiPeepers

Should soldiers who return home from war with PTSD be rewarded with Purple Hearts, like other soldiers wounded in battle?
The Pentagon has sought to assure troops that it takes post-traumatic stress seriously despite the recent decision not to award the Purple Heart to those with the disorder. An advisory committee concluded that troops coming home from the wars with combat stress cases collectively known as post-traumatic stress disorder will not qualify for the prestigious medal awarded to service members wounded in action...

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13 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Monday 1/12/09 - 9:35:33 PM EST (GMT-5)
It would certainly make a lot of sense.

PTSD is a lot more of a burden on someone than getting shot in the ass.
13 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Monday 1/12/09 - 10:04:30 PM EST (GMT-5)
Well, thats a tough one. I think almost all soldiers come home with some degree of PTSD, so we'd be giving out quite a bit of purple hearts. I'm not saying they wouldnt deserve it anyway.
13 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Tuesday 1/13/09 - 3:44:39 PM EST (GMT-5)
No, I don think so. It makes sense in in theory, but something about it seems wrong. They estimate that about 40% of infantry soldiers of any war have PTSD.
13 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Tuesday 1/13/09 - 4:11:34 PM EST (GMT-5)
I agree with what the others have said...it's a sad fact, but too many of our soldiers have some degree of PTSD to be able to award them all in this way.

Maybe just not sending them back over there would be a more sensical decision.
13 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Friday 1/16/09 - 11:33:40 PM EST (GMT-5)
No these soldiers are wounded on the inside. Not that they wouldnt deserve it but i think it would make them feel worse than they do.
13 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Friday 1/16/09 - 11:36:22 PM EST (GMT-5)
Making a commitment to provide counseling and care as they work through their PTSD would be more useful.

Unfortunatly, the military doesn't seem to be willing to do that, either.
13 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Sunday 1/18/09 - 1:41:53 PM EST (GMT-5)
I think giving out Purple Hearts for PTSD would somewhat bastardize the Purple Heart.
I also agree with Wanderer. More after care needs to be provided for those suffering from PTSD and other service related ills.
Leave it to a genius like "W" to start a war, then try to shut down a bunch of VA hospitals.
13 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Sunday 1/18/09 - 1:50:57 PM EST (GMT-5)
If a grand douche like John Kerry can walk around with three purple hearts yet be a fully functioning individual, then someone suffering from life-long debilitating PTSD deserves some recognition too.

I'm not saying that everyone with any degree of the disorder should get one, but something about the aforementioned scenario doesn't make sense.
13 yrs ago, 3 mos ago - Wednesday 1/28/09 - 12:55:22 PM EST (GMT-5)
Scientific proof that war makes people crazy...and if it *doesn't* make you crazy, you were probably crazy to begin with.

Charity appeal: how brain scans show the trauma of war
13 yrs ago, 3 mos ago - Sunday 2/8/09 - 9:07:55 PM EST (GMT-5)
On Monday 1/12/09 - 10:04:30 PM Lua wrote:
Well, thats a tough one. I think almost all soldiers come home with some degree of PTSD, so we'd be giving out quite a bit of purple hearts. I'm not saying they wouldnt deserve it anyway.




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