Multiple human Purple Heart recipients and combat vets who’ve worked closely with K9 troops told The Post that they were outraged by the snub — saying courageous canines like Conan were the reason many of them are alive.
“Do I believe Conan should receive a Purple Heart for actions on target? Absolutely,” said Michael Bollinger, a former Army Ranger now studying computer science at Columbia University. “They’re out there with us every step of the way.”
Bollinger, 26, received a Purple Heart in 2017 after ISIS fighters used a drone to drop a grenade on him and several other Rangers during a deployment to a classified location. He took heavy shrapnel wounds and significant injuries to his legs.
“I am still trying to recover from that,” he said. “Learning to run again has been a challenge.”