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Veteran awarded Purple Heart

Andrew Snow after being presented with his Purple Heart Medal citation.

Andrew Snow after being presented with his Purple Heart Medal citation.

By Miami VA Office of Public Affairs
Monday, September 22, 2014

The Purple Heart has been awarded for different reasons since it¹s invention in 1782, but one thread connects every service member who has been presented with it ­ sacrifice.

Although sacrifice is a hallmark of every Veteran, it is especially clear for those who wear the Purple Heart. So for the friends and family of Andrew Snow to be present when he finally got his medal, 3 years after leaving the Army, it was a special day for everyone involved.

"It¹s nice to be recognized," said Snow, a Boca Raton native who was injured in Iraq in 2006. "At the time it just didn¹t seem important, but now it seems right that it finally happened."

Helped along by Tangee Simon, an Army Wounded Warrior advocate who works at the William "Bill" Kling VA Clinic, they navigated the process of getting records and statements from his fellow Soldiers while he continued his transition from the Army into civilian life.

Snow was presented the citation by Army Lt. Col. Robyn Bolgla, who is also a physical therapist with the Miami VA Healthcare System, and a handmade quilt by the local chapter of Quilts of Valor.

"I thought the worst was over, I though the war was over for him," said his father Art. "But really, it was just beginning. Today is a big step forward for all of us."

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