Anonymous Soldier Pawns Off Purple Heart for Cash

A pawn shop is an unusual place for a Purple Heart, a badge that symbolizes courage and patriotism and is awarded to U.S. soldiers killed or wounded in battle. But in a small Michigan town, hard economic times forced one anonymous soldier to part with what may have been the biggest symbol of his military achievement. A-Z Outlet owner Bryan VandenBosch says a Purple Heart was sold to him in November by a West Michigan man serving in Afghanistan. The servicemember, who pawned off the precious...Full Story
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