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Should Congress order all Purple Heart medals previously issued for non-bleeding wounds be rescinded, revoked and reclaimed?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