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Saluting Servicemen

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Thirteen Green Beret soldiers have their Purple Hearts -- from injuries they received in
Afghanistan.

They were joined by two Air Force Special Operations airmen who also received the medals at a ceremony Tuesday at Fort Campbell in Kentucky.

The servicemen were injured either at Kandahar or in an uprising by Taliban prisoners near Mazar-e-Sharif.

The Army's chief of staff, General Eric Shinseki, presented the medals.

Army Major General Geoffrey Lambert, speaking at the medal ceremony said the servicemen being honored had several challenges to overcome while serving in Afghanistan.

Tuesday's awards were the first given out since the U.S.-led campaign in Afghanistan began. More awards are to follow.

There were banners hanging above the podium, and military music filled the room.

One soldier wasn't able to attend. He's still recovering at a Washington hospital.

The Order of the Purple Heart for Military Merit, commonly called “The Purple Heart,” is an American decoration – the oldest military decoration in the world in present use and the first award made available to a common soldier. It was created by General George Washington.

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