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.