WI Soldier Denied a Purple Heart
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Random Lake, WI -- A Wisconsin soldier who was wounded in the shooting rampage at Fort Hood is being denied a purple heart. Amber Bahr of Random Lake, who now goes by her married name of Amber Gadlin, was shot in the back while trying to help other soldiers to safety. The Pentagon says it's classifying the massacre as a workplace shooting, not a terrorist act, to make sure the alleged shooter, Major Nidal Hasan, gets a fair trial. It means no purple heart for Gadlin.
"This is a matter that's pending before a court. I'm simply not going to get into it," said Pentagon Press Secretary, George Little.
Gadlin says that horrific day still haunts her.
"It's always in the back of my head, just the fact that it could happen again, anytime, anywhere."
More than three years later, Gadlin is still paying most of her own medical bills from injuries she sustained in the shooting. A purple heart would change that.