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Saturday, February 18, 2006
YOU WON'T BELIEVE THIS!
Imagine my surprise when I read NewsMax's headline ...
Hillary Clinton Gets Purple Heart Award
New York Sen. Hillary Clinton has put in for a Purple Heart award - and she received the decoration yesterday.
The former first lady garnered the award without being wounded in combat - or sustaining any kind of injury at all - as is usually the case with Purple Heart recipients.
Neither has Clinton ever served in the military, though she once claimed in a TV interview she tried to join the Marines.
Instead, Mrs. Clinton received a symbolic award from the Military Order of the Purple Heart "in recognition of her inspirational leadership and dedicated service to America’s military service members and America’s veterans."
Her website is the only other source I could find, so far ...
The [Military Order of the Purple Heart] issued the following statement: “In recognition of her inspirational leadership and dedicated service to America’s military service members and America’s veterans. Senator Clinton was an early advocate and co-sponsor of legislation to provide guaranteed funding for the VA health care administration. Each year Senator Clinton has introduced legislation that recognizes August 7th as Purple Heart recognition day and encourages citizens to learn of the history and importance of America’s oldest military award. In 2002 Senator Clinton petitioned the US postal service to issue a stamp honoring the Purple Heart medal, and, working closely with the military order of the Purple Heart, accomplished this goal. When the stamp was to be discontinued in 2006 due to an increase in the cost of stamps, Senator Clinton again joined with the MOPH in the quest to have the stamp reissued. Once again she and MOPH were successful in reaching this goal. Senator Clinton’s actions on behalf of America’s military and veterans reflect the highest level of dedication to America and its citizens. She reflects all that is good about government service and is a credit to New York, America and the congress of the United States.”
Sen. Schumer also lobbied to save the stamp. Wonder if he'll receive a symbolic Purple Heart Award?
There are a few in the blogosphere commenting on it, specifically BlackFive, who points out:
Newsmax is running a somewhat misleading headline that Sen. Hillary Clinton received a Purple Heart when in fact she received an award of a different kind
What he's referring to is that it's a "symbolic" award, which is still insulting.
8 Remember THIS PHOTO?
What I want to know is whose idea was this? NewsMax wrote that Her Royal C "put in for" it. Am I to assume that the award was her idea?