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The Purple Heart: Background and Issues for Congress


The Purple Heart is one of the oldest and most recognized American military medals, awarded to service members who were killed or wounded by enemy action. The conflicts of the last decade have greatly increased the number of Purple Hearts awarded to service members. Current events have spurred new debate on current eligibility criteria for the Purple Heart. Medical conditions such as Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and shootings on U.S. soil have prompted some to consider changing the eligibility requirements for the Purple Heart, while others believe those changes may cheapen the value of the medal and the sacrifices current recipients have made. In the past, efforts to modify the Purple Heart's eligibility requirements have been contentious, and veterans groups can be very vocal concerning eligibility changes. Bills: H.R. 4310, H.R. 5114, S. 2885, H.R. 1775, S. 1728


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The Purple Heart: Background and Issues for Congress  [Order No: R42704  Release Date: Sep 07,2012  Pages: 11]