U.S. Central Command has approved 29 U.S. Army soldiers to receive a Purple Heart following attacks in Iraq earlier this year. On January 8th militants launched rocket attacks on two bases in Iraq that struck housing units as retaliation to the killing of Iranian Quds force commander Qassem Soleimani. Over 100 U.S. service members have been evaluated for traumatic brain injuries following the attack. Lt. Gen. Pat White recommended that two packages for airmen were to be passed over, and Lt. Gen. Joseph T. Guastella, commander of U.S. Air Forces Central Command, made the final decision to not award them the Purple Heart. “It is important to note that a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) diagnosis does not automatically qualify a Service Member for Purple Heart eligibility or awarding,” commented Cmdr. Zachary Harrell.