Clarifying Guidance for Awarding the Purple Heart

Concussion injuries include mild traumatic brain injuries and concussive injuries that did not result in a loss of consciousness.  The Army’s recent guidance includes medically approved signs, symptoms and treatment and is designed to help veterans understand the specific requirements for consideration and reconsideration of qualifying concussion injuries.  The Army encourages veterans who were previously denied the Purple Heart for concussion injuries to resubmit documentation for reconsideration. 

Veteran inquiries should be routed to Commander, U.S. Army Human Resources Command, Attention: Awards and Decorations Branch, 1600 Spearhead Division Avenue, Fort Knox, KY 40122-5400.  This policy is retroactive to September 11, 2001.

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