Purple Hearts for EVERYONE!

May 13, 2008 at 7:36 pm 7 comments

Purple Heart awardThere is discussion in military circles to bestow the Military Order of the Purple Heart to soldiers with psychological wounds as well as physical ones … and the dividing line is just where you’d expect — smack dab between the liberal, commie, pinko-pansies who either know, love or treat some loser who can’t deal and those good ol’ warmongers who enjoy a good killin’ and a little torture from time to time.

Current military regulations say the pretty purple pin goes only to troops with injuries “received in action with an enemy” — you know, like Pat Tillman, who got his Purple Heart posthumously after engaging the enemy within his own United States Army unit.

Yup, that’s ok — but all you whinebag thumbsuckers with your flashbacks, tremors and nightsweats? You better set your sights on some other trinket ’cause the military don’t give no truck to that crybaby shit.

Repping the Pansy Thumbsuckers is John Fortunato, who runs a military Post Traumatic Stress Disorder treatment facility in Texas:
“These guys have paid at least as high a price, some of them, as anybody with a traumatic brain injury, as anybody with a shrapnel wound,” he said. Unless the government has a policy change, Dr. Fortunato says that troops will mistakenly believe that PTSD is a “wound that isn’t worthy.”

::: sad face :::

And in the Heartless Warmonger Corner is Bob Mackey, a retired Army lieutenant colonel who fought in the first and second Iraq wars:
“The Purple Heart was meant to be a badge of honor to show you were wounded in battle … I’ve been in combat three times. There’s stuff I’ve had to deal with. But it’s substantially different from being physically hurt,” he said sounding very much like a bitter old man who hasn’t gotten a purty purple pin yet.

::: sad face :::

PTSD is quickly becoming the signature ailment of the long wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Wars that do not have clear front lines and are fought in heavily populated civilian areas. Wars which basically mean you will eventually become a baby killer.

::: sad, crying face :::

So … To Purple Heart or Not To Purple Heart?
Oh, I really hope they don’t make that the question because it’d be truly tragic if the crux of the matter actually was whether soldiers deserve distinctive military jewelry as opposed to having mandated, structured, comprehensive therapy be an accepted, provided, encouraged and ongoing part of every soldier’s life.

But, you know, with suicides among returning soldiers are at an all-time high, maybe us civilians just don’t realize that letting sick soldiers tread the endless dark waters of their own misery is the military’s newest ‘weeding out’ process — or retirement plan.


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  • 1. Edward E. Dosh  |  May 21, 2008 at 6:11 am

    I don’t know who the dumb mother fucker that wrote the top article was but he should have identified himself. You must be one tough stupid bastard. Living with a leg or an arm missing is easier than suffering the pain and anguish of the memories, the night sweats and waking up screaming that torture not only the soldier but his family.You can get a prosthesis for the arm or leg, but they don’t have them for the mind. It would do you well to take your head out of your ass and find in your heart, if you have one, compassion for the people who got mentally injured in combat situations. Is your name on the Wall? No?That’s too bad. Ed Dosh 59853

  • 2. lifeisacookie  |  May 21, 2008 at 12:54 pm

    Um, Ed? Yeah, that was kind of the point. Perhaps you should address your sentiments to the Bob Mackey’s of the world, just sayin’ …

  • 3. Type Writer  |  May 22, 2008 at 1:31 am

    One of the best things about the Internet is how it’s raised the level of discourse in this country 🙂

  • 4. lifeisacookie  |  May 22, 2008 at 11:00 am

    Hey now — don’t go accusing The Cookie of any such thing! 😉

  • 5. Type Writer  |  May 22, 2008 at 1:42 pm

    The Cookie knows I would never accuse her of anything 🙂 I was referring to Mr. Dosh, who couldn’t figure out a way to disagree with you that didn’t involve profanity and potshots…

    But the funniest part was that he missed the whole point of your post, which was that vets with PTSD need better health care more than they need another medal. But I guess it’s easier to take offense than to read an entire post and realize you’re on the same side of the argument. Short attention spans will be the death of us…


  • 6. lifeisacookie  |  May 22, 2008 at 4:21 pm

    I know — I think the post title confused him too … point there being that if the proposal does get traction, these wars are causing so much personal mental pain that EVERYONE will qualify for a Purple Heart … which may be purty and all, but is not an answer for the illnesses created by war.
    No worries though — I just didn’t want anyone to think The Cookie aspires to elevating the level of discussion … we lahks thuh gutter!

  • 7. Type Writer  |  May 22, 2008 at 10:24 pm

    I don’t believe that for a second, even though I imagine you can down a boilermaker better than Hilary. (While it’s doubtful she’ll get the nomination, she seems a shoo-in for that Kappa Kappa Gamma pledge)


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