Purple Hearts for PTSD
Historically, the military’s Purple Heart award has always gone to servicemembers who have sustained a physical injury. But now a new op-ed in the New York Times suggests that post-traumatic stress disorder needs to receive recognition on parity with other injuries.
Should an emotional wound receive the same honor as a physical one?
Tyler E. Boudreau, a former Marine captain, states:
“The distinction, I suspect, lies in the deep-seated attitude toward psychological wounds. It is still difficult for many members of the military to truly believe that post-traumatic stress is, in fact, an injury and not the result of a weak or dysfunctional brain. The same culture that demands tough-mindedness also encourages skepticism toward the suggestion that the violence of war can hurt the healthiest of minds.”