Give a Soldier what he deserves!
On 08 Oct 2011 Specialist Bradley Keatts and several others were setting up a tactical command post in Afghanistan when they were hit with rocket propel grenades and small arms fire. Specialist Keatts, among a few others, was wounded (2 others were killed). Spc Keatts suffered from a gun shot wound on his upper left arm. He received 9 stitches and went to work the next day. He was now eligible for the Purple Heart Award. The papers were filled out and submitted and came back to him about a month later saying he was not eligible for the award due to the fact he is flagged for being overweight. Spc Keatts was flagged BEFORE deploying to Afghanistan for being overweight. In my opinion, if he is able to DEPLOY while flagged, GET SHOT while flagged, and suffer panic attacks and flash backs of the events, then he should be able to get this award. If being flagged stops him from getting this award, then why did they allow him to deploy flagged! Please help this soldier get what he deserves!