Recently I came across my father’s discharge papers from World War I.
It showed that Philip Cohen was wounded in action on Oct. 16, 1918 at the Argonne Forest battle in France, but wasn’t awarded any citation. I checked and discovered that Congress approved the awarding of a Purple Heart for wounds received during a war prior to my father being wounded.
I contacted Sen. Marco Rubio’s office in an effort to correct this oversight. Within a month, he had sent the necessary paperwork to the Department of the Army which, in turn, issued a certificate and Purple Heart in my father’s name.
As I look at these awards I’m proud to be able to pass these honors down to my children and grandchildren. Thank you, Sen. Rubio, for your efforts, which made this possible.
Martin Cohen, Port St. Lucie