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My name is ***** ***** and I'm trying to get my Purple

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Customer: Hi, My name is ***** ***** and I'm trying to get my Purple Heart. I was peppered by shrapnel from an RPG in 2005.
JA: Thanks. Can you give me any more details about your issue?
Customer: I initially looked into it when I first got out in 2006, but wasn't really in the frame of mind to pursue it. The only documentation that I currently have from it, is a card that was tied to me in case I was medivaced. I'm not sure what kind of documentation I would need to proceed with this
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What would I need to provide (documentation/information wise) to be awarded?
Military Lawyer: P. Simmons, Military Lawyer replied 2 years ago

Thank you
You have to prove "error" in the record.

So you have to prove that you were injured, in combat and that they failed to present the award.

How do you prove injury in combat?

Military medical records are the best way. Consider requesting your military records (including medical records). You can do so here

https://www.archives.gov/veterans/military-service-records/

Make sure to request the entire record (not just the DD214)

If this is not in your record? Consider tracking down folks who were there, with you...statements from witnesses to the event can be enough for the board of corrections to change the record (award you the medal)

Please let me know if you have more questions. I am happy to help if I can. Otherwise, please rate the answer so I may get credit for my work.

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