Troops injured in Iran attack downplayed by Trump were denied Purple Hearts. Now, that may change.

Troops injured in Iran attack downplayed by Trump were denied Purple Hearts. Now, that may change.

Army may double Purple Hearts awarded in Iran’s Soleimani revenge

WASHINGTON – The Army is considering more than doubling the number of Purple Heart medals awarded to soldiers wounded in the Iranian ballistic missile attack on their base in Iraq in January 2020, an attack the Trump administration downplayed as concerns swirled about an escalating conflict.

In the weeks after the attack, the Trump administration sought to diminish the injuries troops had suffered. It wasn’t until more than a month after the attack that the Pentagon acknowledged that more than 100 troops had suffered traumatic brain injuries from the 13 missiles that slammed into the base.

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