The most wonderful of all its surplus: 495,000 unused Purple Hearts
They included the Medal of Honor and three Purple Hearts
In some ways, the ceremony was a culmination of a years-long push to let the victims qualify for the Purple Heart
, a struggle stemming from the Army's initial decision to classify the attack as workplace violence, not terrorism.
Massachusetts launched the effort about a year ago and to date, 43 cities and towns have received the designation, according to Leo David Agnew, state commander of the Military Order of the Purple Heart
, a national veterans' group that spearheads the program.
Its a great day in Georgia now that Senator David Perdue has sponsored the Purple Heart
Preservation Act, said Doug Middleton, Region IV Commander for the Military Order of the Purple Heart
out of Roswell, GA.
Federal authorities initially classified the incident as workplace violence, and victims and their supporters spent years trying to convince the government to call the act terrorism so they could qualify for the Purple Heart
and benefits that come with it.
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Army veterans, active-duty and reserve-component soldiers who were denied Purple Heart
awards for concussive or mild traumatic brain injuries (MTBIs), are encouraged to resubmit documentation for reconsideration of the medal.
He was badly injured by a German mortar and the next day received the Purple Heart
, the medal given to those wounded or killed while serving in the US forces.