All three soldiers killed in the strike were from the same Georgia reserve unit, and at least 40 Army National Guardsmen and airmen were injured, just the latest in a growing tally of troops wounded amid increasing violence in the Middle East. But the service is still mulling whether the soldiers are eligible for combat badges and Purple Hearts.
The Army awards those badges to soldiers who are engaged by the enemy under certain circumstances, but the policy for the awards is vague. Purple Hearts and combat badges serve as key receipts for troops and veterans seeking care and compensation from the Department of Veterans Affairs, and are often the easiest way to prove a service member was in harm's way.
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“Jordan meets [the] criteria for locations in which troops are eligible for [combat badges],” an Army spokesperson told Military.com in a statement. “Individual awards are considered on a case-by-case basis and processed commensurate with approval authorities.”
On Tuesday, Military.com asked the Pentagon's top spokesman, Maj. Gen. Pat Ryder, whether the troops in Jordan qualified for combat awards. Ryder said he didn't know and would look…