US Army to award Purple Heart to Fort Hood victims

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  1. kp2001

    kp2001 USMMA Alumnus

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    LineInTheSand USCGA 2006

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    Yeah, I'm just not sure. I would love to know if the Army made this decision on its own, or if a member of Congress pushed it. In my opinion, it devalues what the Purple Heart means. It has less to do with action, and more behind the intent of the action.
     
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    Yeah, I don't think its appropriate there either.

    We do you draw the line? A go-fast loaded with drugs kills a Coast Guardsman….. does that Coastie receive a Purple Heart? I don't think so. And yet, that cartel is likely linked-to, or defined as a terrorist organization, and the running of drugs is more organized than the Ft. Hood attacks, and the actions of that Coastie are more in line with doing his/her job, as opposed to being a victim, in the wrong place at the wrong time.

    I'm not saying they shouldn't be honored, but on the same level as someone who's going into harms way…. I don't know.
     
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    LineInTheSand USCGA 2006

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    And how do they retroactively award it?
     
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    kp2001 USMMA Alumnus

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    I don't see any of the criteria you potentially mention listed in the requirements for the Award (eg. organization level, whether you were doing your job or not, 'being a victim', or "in the wrong place at the wrong time.")

    Now, I didn't go read the rest of the references mentioned so there may be amplifying information if one wanted to dig into the nitty gritt.

    From: https://www.hrc.army.mil/tagd/purple heart

     
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    LineInTheSand USCGA 2006

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    I wonder why its "Secretary of the Army" in this reference. So is at a "recent change" or from the 1970s?
     
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    It's Secretary Army because I referenced an Army HRC website. The Navy awards website is slow as all get out at times so I didn't go to that one as the award criteria will be the same.

    There have been several changes over the years, the most recent one I remeber has to do with TBI and similar injuries.
     

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