If you visited Marine Corps Times online around the middle of last week, you may have seen our initial report introducing the commandant’s effort to re-evaluate how Purple Hearts are awarded to wounded Marines. In this week’s print edition, on newsstands now, we kick the can significantly farther down the road, laying out in greater detail how the plan is expected to take shape and why thousands of Marines — past and present — could soon to qualify for a medal if they suffered a concussion or other form of mild traumatic brain injury in Afghanistan or Iraq.
Are you or someone you know among them?
For many who’ve suffered a TBI, this is a passionate issue. We spoke with one Marine, wounded in an explosion in Baghdad not long after the start of combat ops there, who was never recognized for his injury, which to this day causes frustrating and embarrassing memory lapses. Another Marine, who received a Purple Heart for a TBI he sustained recently in Afghanistan, worries that expanding eligibility will make the medal too common to also award to those killed in action.
Where do you stand?
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