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Korean War Veteran Finally Gets Official Purple Heart

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A Korean War veteran has finally been ceremoniously awarded a Purple Heart for injuries he received in July 1953.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports that 82-year-old Warren Sessler was mailed an unmarked Purple Heart eight years after being wounded in the Battle of Outpost Harry in the Korean Wary. But Sessler says he couldn’t official claim the honor because it was not on his discharge papers and didn’t come with any orders.

That changed when a Veterans Affairs doctor rejected Sessler’s disability claim because his U.S. Army records didn’t show that he had been wounded. Nevada Republican Rep. Joe Heck’s staff was able to locate archived field reports and correct Sessler’s service record.

Sessler says Heck, a brigadier general in the Army Reserve, officially presented him with a Purple Heart at an August ceremony.

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