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Twenty-five soldiers in the Second Brigade Combat Team now have Purple Hearts.
The soldiers received the medals Tuesday during a ceremony at Fort Carson, which is the brigade's new posting when its tour in Iraq ends. The medal features George Washington's profile and hangs from a purple ribbon.
Specialist John Escoto says it's an honor he never wanted. During an ambush in April, Escoto kept firing with a rifle covered with his blood and a thumb hanging by a thread of flesh. The father of seven is awaiting a bone graft for his reattached thumb.
During the ceremony, Major Jay Jacob's told the wounded soldiers that the rest of the country needs to think about the sacrifices made by the nearly 13,000 soldiers who have been wounded in Iraq.