Survey: Should the Purple Heart Medal be Restricted To Bleeding Wounds Only?
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Should the Purple Heart Medal be Restricted To Bleeding

TOPIC: The Purple Heart Medal is America's oldest military medal. Issue regulations for award of the Purple Heart since its creation have never limited its award to injuries that produced bleeding. However, in a recent statement former Senator Bob Dole accused Lt. John Kerry of being awarded the Purple Heart for one or more wounds "that never bled." (Contrary to Mr. Dole's allegation, the official medical reports on Lt. Kerry confirm all three wounds involved some degree of bleeding.)

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SURVEY QUESTIONS:

Senator Dole appeared to suggest that the Purple Heart medal should only be issued for bleeding wounds. Should Congress change the Issue Regulations for the Purple Heart medal to limit its award ONLY to wounds that bleed?

    Yes No

Should Congress order all Purple Heart medals previously issued for non-bleeding wounds be rescinded, revoked and reclaimed?

    Yes No


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Purple Heart Resources:

  • Common Myths About the Purple Heart Medal
  • Official Purple Heart Issue Regulations
  • Purple Heart Discussion and Information-Exchange Forum
  • How to contact Bob Dole
  • Preliminary responses to this survey

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    NOTICE


    Since the original posting of this survey The War Library has received a large number of requests to contact Mr. Dole directly. Be advised that Mr. Dole is not affiliated with The American War Library...

    Office of Senator Dole
    c/o Alston & Bird, North Building
    601 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.
    Washington, DC 20004
    (202) 654-4848
    Email: http://www.bobdole.org/contact.html


    Preliminary Responses to this Survey
    (As of 13:24 pm, 25 August 2004)

    1. Should Congress change the Issue Regulations for the Purple Heart medal to limit its award ONLY to wounds that bleed?
      Yes... 1.4%
      No...98.6%


    2. Should Congress order all Purple Heart medals previously issued for non-bleeding wounds be rescinded, revoked and reclaimed?
      Yes... .3%
      No...99.7%