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Wounded soldiers should be awarded British Purple Hearts

#1
From The Sunday TimesMarch 9, 2008

Wounded soldiers should be awarded British Purple Hearts Marie Woolf, Whitehall Editor
SOLDIERS wounded in conflict zones such as Afghanistan and Iraq ought to be awarded a Purple Heart-style medal to recognise their sacrifice in battle, according to an official report.

The plan, presented to armed forces chiefs last week, is one recommendation in a review commissioned by Gordon Brown to find ways of boosting respect and recognition for serving soldiers.
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http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/uk/article3511911.ece
 
#2
The first time I ever worked with the Yanks, this came up. We replied with the old chestnut that British soldiers don't get medals for getting shot, just remedial training.
 
#5
Whatever happened to 'wound stripes'?
 
#7
This subject has been muted many times on arrse and the general concensus of opinion seems to be that British soldiers do not want such an award.

How about we ask some soldier that have been wounded?

Personally (and i have never been wounded by enemy action) i think it is a positive idea as long as the criteria for earning it are plausible - playing football in the sandpit and twisting your knee for example should not be earning the award.
 
#8
Rather that the money was spent on rehabilitation for the wounded than a pissy medal.

What about the mentally wounded?
 
#9
RancidFat said:
Don't think British soldiers want purple hearts, this is a Liabour spin exercise and bollocks to boot.
Seconded.

"Look - we really CARE about our soldiers!" :roll:
 
#11
smartascarrots said:
The first time I ever worked with the Yanks, this came up. We replied with the old chestnut that British soldiers don't get medals for getting shot, just remedial training.
Spot on carrots dear chap. Every Yank engagement comes off with that question, "why no purple hearts?" :D
 
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#12
I raised this point with an MP i met at a do last year.

I doubt that any soldier that has been injured in Afghanistan or Iraq would want a piece of tin that they have to polish to remind them about getting injured.

And people whose injuries were serious enough to be discharged would (at a guess) be insulted by the fact that government think they could make up for the loss of a limb with a piece of compressed cardboard.

If anything then the only thing i thinhk people would want to get would be somthing along the lines of wounded stripes that were awarded back in the day.
 
#14
Wounds gotten in battle are medal enough, those guys need no other trinket to remind them or others, they carry them and their honour without a pretty ribbon.
 
#15
Sack the medal and the "research" in to it.

It is an irrelevance.

On the flip side, the money now freed up from the medal and the research can go in to other things. Better facilities for helping the wounded, rehabilitation for wounded better compensation/pensions for wounded.

For those walking/wheeling about with visible scars and those who harbour the invisible kind.

You can't live on a bit of tin and a fancy ribbon.
 
#16
chocolate_frog said:
Sack the medal and the "research" in to it.

It is an irrelevance.

On the flip side, the money now freed up from the medal and the research can go in to other things. Better facilities for helping the wounded, rehabilitation for wounded better compensation/pensions for wounded.

For those walking/wheeling about with visible scars and those who harbour the invisible kind.

You can't live on a bit of tin and a fancy ribbon.

Seconded. with applause.
 
#18
Come on fellas do the maths here - Broon & Swiss Tony have:

Patronising 'chocolade' medal: £20.00

Decent Compensation: £500.000

However can I claim from the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme for RSI? Will I get £400.000?
 
#19
dingerr said:
How about we ask some soldier that have been wounded?

Personally (and i have never been wounded by enemy action) i think it is a positive idea as long as the criteria for earning it are plausible .
I had a mate in 2CS regt who fell down (not at all while drunk because we were not allowed alcohol out there) a scud trench on op telic one (before the war even kicked off) and was casevaced from theatre, He was entitled to the Telic medal even though he didn't serve 30 days as he was injured whilst on ops.
You can see where this award would be heading, For some lad who has been shot up by the Taliban getting the same award as someone who banged their head of a bunker wall in a mortar strike.
There's nothing brave or noble about being injured just very unlucky.
I agree with the majority of people here who think injured soldiers should get a big sack of cash not some politician's money saving bauble.
 
#20
It's not only that which presents the problem, it was written on here before:

You are a callsign in down town Basra, your Snatch is hit and the Comd and a passenger are injured, you are the top cover guy who is fighting for his and comrades lives, between the firing you are also admitting life saving skills to you mucker's. Later on return to base after you (top cover) have changed your pants, you find out that you 2 injured mates will get an award, YOU RECEIVE NOTHING!
 

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