Members of the US military are debating whether Purple Heart medals should go to troops with post-traumatic stress disorder, the Military Times reports. Defense Secretary Robert Gates has said, "It’s clearly something that needs to be looked at,” but foes argue it would devalue the honor for those wounded in battle. Proponents say it would reduce the stigma attached to PTSD.
One Army major said being awarded the medal should require “that you bled for your country.” Wrote a blogger: “It’s an insult to those who have suffered real injury on the battlefield." The director of a veterans care center rebuts that some of them "have paid at least as high a price as anyone with a shrapnel wound." (More US military stories.)