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I was wounded during a combat action and my chain of command has not recommended me for a Purple Heart- What can I do about it?

Several months ago I was involved in a combat action that resulted in our vehicle being hit. We had two KIA, 3 shrapnel and everyone in the vehicle suffered a MTBI none of my leadership has put me in for a Purple Heart. What can I do?

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Excellent question!

Special thanks to our SME Doug for taking the time find this information.

 AR 600-8-22, Awards, Para 1-14c

No military decoration, except the Purple Heart, will be awarded more than 3 years after the act or period of service to be honored. The Purple Heart differs from all other decorations in that an individual is not “recommended” for the decoration; rather he or she is entitled to it upon meeting specific criteria. Exceptions to the time limit include decorations approved under 10 USC 1130 and the provisions in sub paragraphs d and e below.

Para 2-8 Purple Heart: (This is the goto section to see if the Soldier meets the criteria for the award.

 Subpara c: While clearly an individual decoration, the Purple Heart differs from all other decorations in that an individual is not “recommended” for the decoration; rather he or she is entitled to it upon meeting specific criteria.

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