Here is my rant. (I'm trying to limit myself to one a day) My good friend joined the Army in 2005 and was shipped to Iraq. He was there for 18 months (I think) as a HEMTT driver. He was shot once in his "shrapnel proof vest" and somehow it didn't penetrate skin, so he was denied a Purple Heart. His HEMTT was hit behind his cab with an IED, filling his knees with shrapnel and making him 95% deaf in his right ear and 55% deaf in his left ear. He now needs knee replacements and has had to relearn to play the trumpet. His sergeant didn't fill out the correct paperwork and refuses to fix it because he doesn't want anything to do with the Army anymore. So he was denied a Purple Heart, again. The government just shot down the idea that soldiers with PTSD would be given Purple Hearts. So my friend has been denied the medal, a third time. I can't imagine how upset he is.