(Washington, D.C.) – Vietnam Veterans of America national
President Thomas H. Corey today harshly condemned the producers of the
Hollywood Film Wedding Crashers for their crass use of the Purple
Heart in the film and for placing a printable medal on a web site to
encourage men to use it to impress women.
of American fighting men and women have been awarded the Purple Heart since
it was introduced by Gen. George Washington in 1782,” Corey, a Purple Heart
recipient who was severely disabled by his wounds in the Vietnam War, said.
“That award honors the service and sacrifice of those who put their lives on
the line for our country and were wounded in action. It is unconscionable to
me—and is an insult to everyone who has served the nation in the military—to
trivialize the Purple Heart in this way.”
Corey praised U.S. Rep. John Salazar (D-Colo.) for the
bill he introduced in the House on July 22 that would expand a current law
making it a crime to wear, manufacture, purchase, sell or trade the Medal of
Honor. Salazar’s bill would make it a criminal offense to claim falsely to
have earned the Purple Heart or other military medal.
“We’re pleased that the movie’s producers removed that
offensive printable Purple Heart from their web site,” Corey said, “and we
hope that Rep. Salazar’s bill becomes law to prevent similar occurrences of
this in the future.”