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Purple Hearts Elusive For Traumatic Brain Injuries

by Matt Elliott | Permalink
September 09, 2010

An NPR-ProPublica investigation found that the Purple Heart is routinely denied to soldiers with "mild traumatic brain injuries." The old cliché — If you're not bleeding, it's not serious — still holds, with some military officials claiming that giving the Purple Heart for concussions would lessen its value. Watch this report in the below video to see how concussions and other brain injuries affect U.S. veterans and the struggle they face for recognition of their sacrifice.

Click here to read more about this report and listen to the story on NPR's Morning Edition.

Watch Brain Wars: The Purple Heart on PBS. See more from FRONTLINE.

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