A growing number of US troops diagnosed with varying degrees of brain trauma from the January 8 missiles strikes conducted by the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) are eligible for the Purple Heart service award, according to the Department of Defense.
Speaking to reporters during a recent news briefing, Jonathan Hoffman, assistant to the secretary of defense for public affairs, referenced the criteria for service members to be awarded the military’s Purple Heart medal – which recognizes who have been injured or killed in the line of duty.
The Pentagon spokesman explained that in the case of traumatic brain injury (TBI), a service member must be both diagnosed by a medical professional and miss at least two days of duty in connection with the injury, according to Military.com.
Hoffman went on to note that many of the dozens of US troops injured in the IRGC strikes on Ayn al-Asad airbase in Western Iraq would be eligible for the award, but the injured individuals’ respective services would ultimately decide if the Purple Heart will be awarded.
“The process is going to play out,” Hoffman said. “Fortunately, all the cases to date have been characterized as mild TBI, which is the equivalent of concussions.”
He went on to say that approximately 60% of those injured in the January 8 strikes “have already returned to duty … and we’re optimistic that the rest of them will return to duty very soon.”
Furthermore, the Purple Heart is given out in the name of the US…