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    Marine Veteran Trying to Get Purple Heart Lied About Brain Injury in Iraq, Feds Say

    Marine Veteran Trying to Get Purple Heart Lied About Brain Injury in Iraq, Feds Say

    A U.S. Marine veteran determined to receive a Purple Heart medal lied about suffering severe injuries during a roadside explosion in northern , according to federal prosecutors.

    The Purple Heart, one of the oldest U.S.  awards, is awarded to those who were injured or killed “as a result of enemy action” during their military service. It's “a solemn distinction and means a service member has greatly sacrificed themselves, or paid the ultimate price, while in the line of duty,” per USO.org.

    Paul John Herbert, 52, of Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts, lied on a Purple Heart application — submitted to the U.S. Marine Corps through his congressman in October 2018 — by claiming he suffered a traumatic brain injury and other injuries during his deployment to northern Iraq, prosecutors said.

    He also stole more than $344,000 in veterans disability benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs from January 2010 to March 2023, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Massachusetts.

    Herbert was arrested on Sept. 1 and indicted on charges of theft of government money and making false statements, the attorney's office announced in a Sept. 1 news release.

    McClatchy News contacted an attorney representing Herbert for comment on Sept. 4 and didn't receive an immediate response.

    “Mr. Herbert's alleged conduct is an affront to every veteran who has…

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