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29 US soldiers to receive Purple Hearts for traumatic brain injuries from Iran attack on Iraq base

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Six Military soldiers who have been injured in a ballistic missile attack on an American base in Iraq in January have been awarded Purple Hearts, and 23 others have been accepted for the award and can receive them later this week, U.S. Central Command mentioned Monday.

The primary batch of awards was given to soldiers in Iraq and Kuwait on Sunday and Monday, however soldiers maintained the suitable bodily distance from one another to forestall the unfold of coronavirus.

PENTAGON CONSIDERS PURPLE HEARTS FOR US TROOPS WHO SUFFERED BRAIN INJURIES IN IRAN ATTACK ON IRAQI BASE

Members of the Headquarters Support Company, 834th Aviation Support Battalion stand in formation (maintaining physical distancing standards for COVID-19 prevention) on May 2, 2020, at Camp Buehring, Kuwait, during the Purple Heart presentation ceremony for Maj. Alan Johnson. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Morgan Maidl)

At the least 110 U.S. service members have been recognized with traumatic brain injuries (TBI) after greater than a dozen missiles rained down on al-Asad Air Base in Iraq on Jan. 8, the place American troops have been housed.

The Iranian attack was retaliatory and got here simply days after the U.S. drone strike on an airport in Baghdad that killed the top of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps’ elite Quds Pressure, Gen. Qassem Soleimani. Troops at al-Asad have been warned of an incoming attack, and most have been in bunkers scattered across the base.

Almost a month after the attack, the Pentagon started to report {that a} variety of troops have been struggling from TBI with signs mimicking that of a concussion. Initially, Trump dismissed the injuries as “not very serious,” passing them off as complications and different issues.

Nevertheless, a number of service members have been hospitalized from their injuries or returned to the U.S. The vast majority of these injured have been ready to return to work.

1st Lt. Abigail Holstein was presented the Purple Heart on May 3, 2020, for her injuries sustained during the theater ballistic missile attacks at Al Asad Air Base, Iraq, on January 8, 2020. Of the 27 Soldiers to receive Purple Hearts from the January attacks, 1st Lt. Holstein is one of the few 34th Expeditionary Combat Aviation Brigade recipients to return to duty after receiving initial treatment for her injuries and thus, received the Purple Heart medal in-theater. She serves as an enroute critical care nurse with Charlie Company, 3-238th General Support Aviation Battalion. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Sydney Mariette)

The results of TBI have gained extra prevalence within the navy in recent times as increasingly troops within the Iraq and Afghanistan wars started struggling from head injuries from bombings and different explosions.

Navy Capt. Invoice City mentioned 80 service members have been thought of for the awards however these chosen have been accepted by Lt. Gen. Pat White, the highest U.S. commander in Iraq, primarily based on Military and Air Pressure laws decided by a evaluation board.

City mentioned {that a} TBI prognosis would not robotically qualify a servicemember for a Purple Coronary heart.

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The Related Press contributed to this report. 

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