Apr 22, 2007
The Detroit News reported a grave injustice was corrected with the awarding of a Purple Heart to Sgt. Sean Knudsen of Howell in recognition of combat wounds received during his service in Iraq in 2005.
The 16-year veteran of the National Guard and Iraqi War was denied the Purple Heart he earned when he suffered shrapnel injuries to his head, left arm and shoulder in February 2005 when his convoy in Iraq was hit by small arms fire. However, the publicity generated by his case and help by elected officials, including Mike Rogers, helped get the medal he deserved.
Knudsen said in the past that he is working to ensure other fellow wounded veterans who were denied the medal will also get the recognition they deserve, and he said it's the integrity of leadership and military regulation that has come to light in during his quest.
Now that that injustice has been addressed, perhaps we can now get an apology from the Smear Boat Veterans – AKA “Swift Boat Veterans for Truth” – who tried to smear U.S. Sen. John Kerry and his military service in 2004.
Questioning how Sen. Kerry or Sgt. Knudsen earned their Purple Hearts calls into question every single award ever earned by every veteran everywhere.