Because the Purple Heart's image has been "tarnished" by sometimes fraudulent or mistaken delivery, valid Purple Heart recipients have not received the respect they feel they earned having been wounded as a result of enemy activity.
To restore the respect and dignity Purple Heart recipients feel they should receive, several efforts are currently underway to upgrade their VA Priority Status to the same level as former Prisoners of War.
Some veterans oppose this effort. Opponents argue that designing a "combat service" tier for arranging VA priority status will place combat support personnel at the "bottom of the Totem pole" for VA benefits and services. These opponents argue that raising the VA priority status Purple Heart receipients will lower non-wounded veterans to the point of "excluding them entirely from VA priority status" should their finanacial hardship force them to seek VA medical services.
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