Purple Hearts for PTSD

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Historically, the military’s Purple Heart award has always gone to servicemembers who have sustained a physical injury. But now a new op-ed in the New York Times suggests that post-traumatic stress disorder needs to receive recognition on parity with other injuries.

Should an emotional wound receive the same honor as a physical one?

Tyler E. Boudreau, a former Marine captain, states:

“The distinction, I suspect, lies in the deep-seated attitude toward psychological wounds. It is still difficult for many members of the military to truly believe that post-traumatic stress is, in fact, an injury and not the result of a weak or dysfunctional brain. The same culture that demands tough-mindedness also encourages skepticism toward the suggestion that the violence of war can hurt the healthiest of minds.”

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