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No Purple Heart For PTSD Diagnosis

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No Purple Heart For PTSD Diagnosis

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No Purple Heart For PTSD Diagnosis

No Purple Heart For PTSD Diagnosis

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The Pentagon announced that soldiers suffering from post traumatic stress disorder do not qualify for the Purple Heart because it's not a physical wound. Some veterans hoped the award might honor their sacrifice, and take away some of the stigma that comes with the diagnosis.

Guests:

Kelly Kennedy, staff writer for Army Times

Capt. D.J. Skelton, Purple Heart recipient

Jason Forrester, director of policy and co-director of the National Guard program at Veterans for America (VFA)

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