What does WIA mean in Military?

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Wounded In Action

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Wounded in action
Wounded in action describes soldiers who have been wounded while fighting in a combat zone during war time, but have not been killed. Typically it implies that they are temporarily or permanently incapable of bearing arms or continuing to fight. For US military members, becoming WIA in combat generally results in subsequent conferral of the Purple Heart, because the purpose of the medal- itself one of the highest awards officially given by the American government, military or civil- is to recognize those killed, incapacitated, or wounded in battle.

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