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Last spring, after touring a mental health center at Fort Bliss, Texas, Defense Secretary Robert Gates noted that awarding Purple Hearts to service members dealing with illnesses like PTSD was "clearly something that needs to be looked at." Recently, however, the Pentagon decided against it. The reasons given were that mental health conditions aren't intentionally caused by enemy action, like a bomb or bullet, and because they remained difficult to diagnose and quantify. Eileen Lainez, a Pentagon spokeswoman said, "Current medical knowledge and technologies do not establish PTSD as objectively and routinely as would be required for this award at this time."
In our society, the Purple Heart is a symbol that recognizes veterans who have suffered injury in combat situations. According to The New York Times, "The Purple Heart in its modern form was established by Gen. Douglas MacArthur in 1932. Some 1.7 million service members have received the medal, and, as of last August, 2,743 ...
Maxillofacial injury; Midface trauma; Facial injury; LeFort injuries
Wear seat belts and use protective head gear when appropriate. Avoid violent confrontations with other people.
Alternative Names Serax overdose; Adumbran overdose; Serenid Forte overdose; Zapex overdose; Novoxapam overdose; Oxpam overdose References Goldfrank LR, ed. Goldfrank's Toxicologic Emergencies . 8th ed. New York, NY: McGraw Hill; 2006.
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