New rules for Purple Heart.

| August 21, 2011

The Military is asking those who were denied thier Purple Heart for TBI cases to resubmit for further review. The change is due to identify TBIs easier then it was in the past.

With medical advances in the treatment and knowledge of concussion and MTBI injuries, the Army has been able to further identify the characteristics of the unseen wound and clarify guidance for entitlement to the Purple Heart, said Col. Tom Quinn, chief of Soldiers Programs and Services Division at Army Human Resources Command.

“In the past, concussion or MTBI injuries were very hard to diagnose,” Quinn said. “Treatments varied and were not the same across the board and medical officers weren’t always documenting that information in the Soldier’s records.”

Those that are facing this issue can contact HRC. Just a reminder that there is no time limit on the Purple Heart.

For Purple Heart award reconsideration, the injury must have occurred on or after Sept. 11, 2001. Active-duty and Reserve Component Soldiers must work with their chains of command, through the first general officer, by submitting a copy of their deployment orders, various Department of Army forms, a one-page narrative describing the incident and the conditions under which the Soldier was wounded.

Category: Support the troops, Terror War

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  1. NotSoOldMarine says:

    I’m glad that some of these cases with tangible internal wounds are getting a second look. At the same time, standby for all the flood of BS Purple Hearts. As already stated TBI cases are historically hard to diagnose but what isn’t stated is the diagnosis process has expanded to include a broad array of psychological symptoms without any observable physiological markers. In other words people can submit that they have a TBI based on unfalsifiable symptoms. Same goes for PTSD; I have personally seen both being abused to score education money and VA disability and now I predict the same will happen with Purple Hearts and liekly more so due to the array of both material and social gain that can be had by being a recipient.

  2. Just an Old Dog says:

    I would think that any TBI would shoe up on an MRI.

  3. 2-17 Air Cav says:

    “Please let me know if you’re looking for a article author for your blog.”

    He must have written for The Honeymooners.

    Carney: “Can it core a apple?”

    Gleason: “Oh, it can core a apple!”

  4. Hondo says:

    Note: no, 2-17 Air Cav isn’t losing it. The spam filter just nailed the post his comment 3 previously referenced.

  5. Twist says:

    Cool, because I was going to sugest sending him to the inbox gulag.