(i) Kerry could NOT have gotten his Purple Heart without his Commander's recommendation. Indeed, regulations do not allow combatants to nominate themselves Purple Hearts or award it to themselves.
(ii) The severity of the injury is irrelevant to the award of a Purple Heart. The injury had to be sustained due to an outside force or in action against an enemy or hostile foreign force - or even from friendly fire. So SBV's claims are outrageous and without merit.
Your kidding me right? It says right there that Kerry himself asked for the purple heart. Normally, it's a recomendation. Show me a recomendation Blue. Go on. It's allready admitted it was friendly fire by Kerry himself. That doesn't disqualify him. Simply marching in and demanding a purple heart is pathetic. We have thousands of men fighting in Iraq and Afganistan the shrug off this kind of thing.