Iraq soldier who initially declined Purple Heart finally receives one

CAMP SHELBY, MS (WDAM) - A retired Mississippi National Guard soldier who initially declined to accept a medal after he was wounded in Iraq has finally agreed to accept his award, nearly 10 years after he was injured. Retired Sgt. Jacob Scott of Pascagoula was presented with the Purple Heart Medal at Camp Shelby Saturday afternoon.

Scott received serious head wounds and other injuries from an improvised explosive device in September of 2003.

At first, he turned down the medal but recently, he reconsidered.

"I've seen so many other soldiers that can't walk again and just really horrible injuries and I have a sense of guilt associated with it, but I'm proud I got it and I thank everybody for it," said Scott, who received the medal from Col. Steve Parham, commander of Camp Shelby and 4th Dist. congressman Steven Palazzo.

Scott served in the National Guard for 13 years.

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