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Tester Honors Veteran With Purple Heart Medal

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Senator Jon Tester was in Bozeman on Friday to honor one veteran after he never received his Purple Heart.

Cory Klumb was a military police officer in his unit that deployed to Iraq in 2003. In April 2004, an incident happened that caused Klumb to lose hearing in his right ear, permanently.

"We were in a convoy going from the airport back to our base when we got hit with improvised explosive device," said Klomb.

After that, he was supposed to receive a Purple Heart, which is the highest honor in the military given to those who are injured or killed in the line of duty, but that didn't happen.

"It got denied because my injury didn't require treatment by a physician," said Klomb.

On Friday, Senator Jon Tester awarded Klumb a Purple Heart.
 
"I was surprised. I'm honored. I'm grateful for the senator's help," said Klumb.

Senator Jon Tester said it's important that we make sure all our servicemen and women get the recognition they deserve.

"That kind of stuff shouldn't happen, but it does and we just try to set the record straight," said Tester. "I think it's important that we recognize the people that sacrifice."

Tester said nearly 60 people have contacted his office saying they think they earned this medal, but never received it.

His office then checks the records to make sure that person earned the award. If they haven't received it, he makes sure they get it.

"There's been over 500 medals that we found and another 60 folks that have contacted us through their families or themselves," said Tester.

Klumb is very thankful to receive his Purple Heart medal.

"I didn't think it would go this way. I thought it would get removed from my record, but I am grateful and honored to receive this," said Klumb.

Today Klumb is a police sergeant in Bozeman where he lives with his wife Kelly and his daughter Piper.

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