‘Slender Man’ victim received Purple Heart medal from anonymous veteran
Of all the well wishes that the young Wisconsin girl, brutally stabbed 19 times by two classmates, will remember, the one that has touched her and her family so much is the Purple Heart medal she received.
An anonymous military veteran sent the metal to her with a card that read, “The only heart I could find! Be strong!”
The Today News reported that the young girl continues to recover from her stab wounds from home. According to authorities, she was lured into the woods of Waukesha, Wisconsin, by two classmates trying to impress Slender Man, on Internet horror character. The victims’ alleged assailants, Morgan Geyser and Anissa Weier, both 12, now face charges of attempted homicide. Both are being held in a juvenile detention center on $500,000 cash bond.
Doctors said the young girl was lucky to survive. One of the multitude of the stab wounds missed a major heart artery by only 1 millimeter.
When told about the anonymous veteran who donated his real Purple Heart, Wisconsin Secretary of Veterans Affairs John Scocos said such medals are awarded “as a result of an act of any such enemy or opposing armed forces.”
According the NY Daily News, Purple Heart medals are given to military members who have been wounded or killed in action. Scocos said in a statement that once awarded, it is up to the veteran to do with it as they please.
“American service men and women are also moms and dads, uncles and aunts, brothers and sisters,” he said. “It does not surprise me that a decorated veteran unselfishly gave this amazingly brave and courageous little girl something from his or her heart.”
“The family has been so touched and moved by this act of kindness that they would like to personally thank the individual, publicly or privately, for the gift and for their sacrifice for our country,” the family said in a statement to the press.
They also thanked all the individuals that have donated more than $50,000 so far to a fund to assist in paying the medical expenses for the young victim.
The story has drawn world-wide attention and prompted thousands of well-wishers to send in purple paper heart-shaped cards to the young girl.