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March 17, 2011

New Guidelines for Concussion and Purple Heart Award

Full article at: Army Clarifies Purple Heart Rules For Soldiers
By T. Christian Miller, Daniel Zwerdling on Thursday, March 17, 2011

The new guidelines for Purple Heart awards does not change the rules concerning eligibility for the Purple Heart, they seek to clarity the procedure by which soldiers suffering from concussions can receive the medal.

“The new guidelines, which will be distributed throughout the Army, provide a checklist that makes clear that concussions requiring any sort of treatment by a medical professional—including bed rest or over-the-counter headache medication—is sufficient to meet award criteria.

The guidelines also clarify that soldiers diagnosed and treated by any medical professional, including nurses and physician’s assistants, are eligible, as long as their standards of care match those a military doctor would apply.”

“To receive the Purple Heart, the Army’s current regulations require that a soldier be injured by enemy action and receive documented treatment from a medical officer. The Army’s official list of wounds [AR 600-8-22] that “clearly justify” the award includes, “Concussion injuries caused as a result of enemy generated explosions.””

Military Awards, 210 page pdf file Army Regulation 600-8-22

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