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"If you're not bleeding, it's not serious" – withholding Purple Hearts




One wound -- mild traumatic brain injury -- remains largely unrecognized by the military as deserving of the Purple Heart
One wound -- mild traumatic brain injury -- remains largely unrecognized by the military as deserving of the Purple Heart
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Since George Washington created the honor in 1782, the Purple Heart has been a symbol of sacrifice for soldiers injured or killed in combat. But one wound – mild traumatic brain injury - remains largely unrecognized by the military as deserving of this award. In a joint investigation, NPR and ProPublica have found evidence of resistance to awarding the Purple Heart for so-called “invisible wounds,” even though regulations clearly state that a concussion is an injury deserving of the honor. Patt talks with the investigative team about what it takes to receive the coveted medal, and why so many injured are turned down.

Guests:

Daniel Zwerdling, correspondent on NPR’s national desk for and co-author with T. Christian Miller of this report

T. Christian Miller, senior reporter for ProPublica; author of Blood Money: Wasted Billions, Lost Lives, and Corporate Greed in Iraq