A report has been recently issued on Thursday by a grassroots advocacy organization National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI).
With the help of the report, the organization has called upon the military services to serve service members who are affected from combat-related post-traumatic stress and similar psychological injuries and enable them to receive the Purple Heart.
Parity for Patriots, the issued report has clearly argued about the mental health disorders and their severities that are affecting people since the Iraq and Afghanistan wars as the "signature" injuries.
The 2011 data has confirmed massive hospitalizations of active-duty service members for mental disorders as compared to other major illnesses or injuries. Calculations have suggested the affected figures to be one in five individuals.
The author of the above submitted report is Ms. Sita Diehl, Director of state policy and advocacy for NAMI. In her statement, she has urged the military to immediately start considering combat-related depression for Purple Heart eligibility, the services that are especially awarded to service members, who are affected i. e. either injured or killed by the enemy in combat.
Current Army regulations exclude some post-traumatic stress disorders, heat stroke, frostbite, battle fatigue and accidents from Purple Heart list.
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