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Investigator Exclusive: Wounded Iraq War veteran denied Purple Heart

7:21 PM, Jun 6, 2008   |    comments
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"It's pretty lame," Noah, 31, said. Noah said the Army is denying him the Purple Heart because he wasn't wearing the proper protective head gear, as ordered, when a suicide bomber crashed into his military vehicle. The explosion blew out his two ear drums and caused minor burns to his neck and hands. He's lost some of his hearing and has constant ringing in both ears. Army regulations say anyone wounded or killed in any action against an enemy of the United States automatically qualifies for the Purple Heart. A recommendation is not needed. Noah said the required headgear would have handicapped him in his mission. "It's a lame excuse to not be honored for what I went through," he said. An Army spokesman said Noah can appeal the decision. U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown said he will contact military officials to insure Noah gets the attention and benefits he deserves.

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