From a recent Stars & Stripes article: http://www.stripes.com/article.asp?section=104&article=62199&archive=true I am not discounting the fact that there are soldiers who have been seriously traumatized by some of the things they have experienced while in combat situations. This happens, and it is something they should receive medical/psychiatric help with for as long as they need it, but I don't think that awarding them a medal is right. We have a SPC that is currently suffering from PTSD. While he was on his two weeks of R&R, one of the guys in his platoon was killed in a rocket attack at a combat outpost. The PTSD Specialist has never been in a firefight, never experienced a rocket attack, and was nowhere near the incident when it happened. He has only gone out on a handful of missions, because he seems to always have some kind of issue that needs looking at by the aid station. His PTSD symptoms include: night terrors (he sees explosions when he closes his eyes), shaking hands, anxiety, and an inability to be still (he can't stop tapping his feet or fingers). If PTSD is added to the list of injuries that are eligible to receive the purple heart, my PTSD SPC will probably get one. Just the thought of something like that happening makes me angry as all fuck. It's like pissing on the thousands of seriously injured PH recipients that earned their medals the hard way. Anyway - what do you think?