Pentagon To Award Purple Hearts To Troops Whose Traumatic Brain Injuries Were Shrugged Off By Trump

CNN reports:

Dozens of US military personnel are expected to receive Purple Hearts in recognition of traumatic brain injuries they suffered in a January Iranian missile attack in Iraq, according to three US defense officials.

The officials describe the decision as extremely sensitive because of the attention the issue received after President Donald Trump dismissed the injuries as “not very serious,” when they were first reported.

The Pentagon and Trump initially said no service members were injured or killed in the attack on al Asad air base but it subsequently became clear that many sustained traumatic brain injuries after blast waves from the Iranian explosions hit the bunkers they were sheltering in.