(NEW YORK) — The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) stated that Soldiers and veterans suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) should be considered to receive the Purple Heart Medal, as reported in the Medical News Today.
Veterans often have a difficult time obtaining access to the Veterans Medical System, and most veterans under the age of 35 do not have health insurance. Furthermore, most veterans have a problem receiving free care when mental conditions take a longer time to be develop.
According to NAMI Executive Director Michael J. Fitzpatrick, “NAMI is drawing a line in the sand with the Department of Defense. Troops with invisible wounds are heroes. It’s time to honor them. It will also strike a tremendous blow against the stigma that often discourages individuals from seeking help when they need it.”
The Purple Heart is now the oldest medal given to US Servicemen.
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