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Feb 23, 2013 Comments Off littlebytes

Here’s a story that will upset anyone who respects our military heroes. This Iraq War Veteran was wounded twice in battle, once by a roadside bomb and another time by a suicide driver in a fuel truck.  After serving twelve years in the military, Jason Wright was left with arthritis in his back, traumatic brain injuries and required reconstructive ankle surgery. However, when his unit was called to receive their honors during a ceremony his name wasn’t on the list.

Hear more about Jason’s story of honor denied:

Excerpted Fox17 Online:

ALLEGAN COUNTY, Mich. – Jason Wright said he gave 12 years of his life to the military.

He started service first as a Marine, then enlisted in the Army.

Wright was wounded in battle twice, but he wasn’t awarded the Purple Heart until four years after coming home from Iraq.

His wife Amy says she found two envelopes stuffed in the bottom of the front door. Inside were ten military medals, including two Purple Hearts.

“I was in shock,” Wright said about the way he finally got his medals. “I was disrespected. It felt like a spit in the face.

“Just receiving them in the mail, like it was a newspaper?” said Amy. “And we had to pick them up off the floor! I felt really bad for him.”

During a tour of service in Iraq, Wright was wounded in the explosion of a roadside bomb. It was the first of two attacks: the second came by way of a suicide driver and a fuel truck.

Wright was left with arthritis in his back, traumatic brain injuries, and he needed reconstructive ankle surgery.

His unit would later have a ceremony to honor the sacrifices during that tour. Purple Hearts were awarded to those who were wounded. ”My name was one that didn’t get called,” said Wright.

An honor his wife said Wright earned.

“They mean sacrifice,” Amy said of the Purple Heart medals. “They mean my husband gave his well-being to his country.”

In addition to dealing with injuries from the war, Wright was fighting for his honor. One of those fighting along side him was Jeremy Binder, a war veteran himself and an advocate for veterans in Allegan County.

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While Jason’s story isn’t uncommon, there is no excuse for this happening to our military heroes, especially in this day and age. I have heard of families receiving medals of fallen heroes long after they have served and passed away, but this kind of story is not only upsetting to family members, but those of us who respect the men and women who serve our country with honor and earned these medals as well as the combat benefits that come with their service.

If a service member does not receive this recognition in a timely manner and are not recognized as having been wounded in combat they could be denied or delayed benefits and other veterans services.  As the article mentions, “The awards honor sacrifices made in service but they also serve as proof that veterans are eligible for certain combat benefits.

Jason Wright’s family has spoken out about this and sought help from Congressman Fred Upton, who is working to honor Wright with a proper ceremony. They have also contacted the Army Human Resource Department hoping they will help recognize this war veteran’s service  as well.