HARTFORD, CT (WCBS 880) – A change in the criteria for recipients of the Purple Heart is drawing praise from Connecticut‘s junior U.S. Senator.
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“The fact that there is no bleeding and no physical injury may still disguise a very severe brain injury,” says Sen. Richard Blumenthal.
Blumenthal is among those who have been fighting for this military recognition.READ MORE: Judge Lifts Temporary Pause On Vaccine Mandate For NYC Teachers, Who Now Must Be Vaccinated By Monday
He is grateful that the lasting impact of a brain injury is now considered on par with physical wounds suffered in combat.
“We need to do outreach to veterans who may have suffered concussions,” says Blumenthal.
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Awarding the Purple Heart exempts soldiers from VA medical co-pays, raising financial concerns among critics of this criteria change.