"“I can imagine, of course, with what’s going on in Iraq and Afghanistan,
there’s a big shortage,” Reed said. “At least, I would imagine so.” The form
letter from the Navy Personnel Command told Reed he could wait 90 days and
resubmit an application, or buy his own medal. After waiting 55 years, however,
Reed decided to pay $42 for his own Purple Heart and accompanying ribbon — plus
state sales taxes — at a military surplus store."
I bet it almost makes him feel invisible.