Internal injuries are the same as external injuries.
Your particular brand of brain trauma.. no
Sweety that is just plain old stupidity.
Although brain trauma is a catastrophic injury I think to award the Purple Heart would diminish from its intended purpose. Go to www.americal.org/awards/ph.htm to read what is required to be awarded the Purple Heart. It is more than can be typed here.
Yes. If your brain swells and you fall into a coma, it's as bad as getting shot in the leg, wouldn't you agree? In both instances, death is possible if medical treatment is not administered right away.
Burn victims are also incapacitated to a degree where they can no longer fight (if large enough area of skin is burned).
"The Purple Heart is awarded to members of the armed forces of the U.S. who are wounded by an instrument of war in the hands of the enemy and posthumously to the next of kin in the name of those who are killed in action or die of wounds received in action. It is specifically a combat decoration."
an instrument of war in the hands of the enemy...one cannot say that it was 100% the enemy that caused their post traumatic stress. while im in no way trying to belittle what soldiers may go through as a result of war, if you go based on this definition provided on the site than no they should not receive the purple heart.
I think anyone who has suffered truamatic physical injuries, enough to alter their appearance dramatically, while serving their country should receive a purple heart.
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