Purple Heart: Background and Issues for Congress [December 15, 2017]   [open pdf - 706KB]

"The Purple Heart is one of the oldest and most recognized American military medals, awarded to servicemembers who were killed or wounded by enemy action. The conflicts of the last decade have greatly increased the number of Purple Hearts awarded to servicemembers. Events over the past few years have spurred debate on the eligibility criteria for the Purple Heart. Shootings on U.S. soil and medical conditions such as traumatic brain injury (TBI) and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) have prompted changes to the eligibility requirements for the Purple Heart. Some critics believe that these changes may lessen the value of the medal and the sacrifices of past recipients on the battlefield. [...] This report will examine the history of the Purple Heart and changes in eligibility over time as well as current issues facing Congress."

Report Number:CRS Report for Congress, R42704
Author:Torreon, Barbara Salazar
Publisher:Library of Congress. Congressional Research Service
Copyright:Public Domain
Retrieved From:Via E-mail
Media Type:application/pdf
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