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Purple Heart Myths

Reported by Judy - August 25, 2004 -

A prisoner of war list-serve to which I belong sent out this link to a list of frequently asked questions about the Purple Heart.

Several of the questions are particularly pertinent to the smear boat controversy, such as 1, 5, 7, 8, 9.

In short, you don't have to bleed to get a Purple Heart, Bob Dole; you must be seen by military medical personnel; you cannot "put yourself in" for a Purple Heart, and you can't write your own after-action report for a Purple Heart.