LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – After years of debating, Purple Hearts were awarded to the soldiers involved in a shooting that occurred in July of 2009.
Six years and a change to federal law later, Privates Quinton Ezeguwala and William Andrew Long received a Purple Heart on Wednesday, July 1.
Ezeguwala and Long were shot outside a Little Rock recruitment center in 2009. Ezeguwala was injured, and Long was killed.
At the time, both were ineligible for Purple Hearts because they weren't in battle overseas.
Daris Long, the father of fallen private Andy Long, is not calling it a fight, but rather a journey.
"It's been six years. So, that's a tenth of my life that I've been doing this."