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November 14, 2017 03:53 PM

Congressional Delegation Responds To Purple Heart Investigation

First Published 11/10/17 at 4:07 p.m. | Last Modified 11/14/17 at 3:53 p.m. 

KELOLAND News Investigates reached out to South Dakota's Congressional delegation about Thursday's Eye on KELOLAND: Forgotten Soldier of the Forgotten War.

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We got a response from Rep. Kristi Noem (R-SD) on Friday afternoon:

"Mr. Coyle's service to this country will not be forgotten. He, alongside all our combat veterans, are this nation's true patriots. Our office is available to assist in any way we can to get him the recognition he's earned," Noem said. 

Sen. John Thune (R-SD) also released a video statement which we posted on Thursday. His office is helping the Coyle family with the appeal process. 

“We are thankful to Mr. Coyle and his family for the sacrifices they’ve made for our country,” said Sen Mike Rounds (R-SD). “Our office works with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) frequently on behalf of South Dakota veterans, and would be happy to assist the Coyle family as they seek to obtain their long overdue medals. I have had the opportunity to present medals to South Dakota veterans and their families, and it is a very special honor to recognize them and say thank you to them for their service to our country.”     

As we told you on Thursday, a 1973 records fire is part of the reason Coyle hasn't been able to get the awards his family believes he deserves. 
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KELOLAND's Angela Kennecke and KELOLAND Investigates will continue to follow Eugene's story too and keep you updated on KELOLAND News and here on 

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