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A million-dollar wound or Blighty wound is military slang referring to a type of wound received in combat which is serious enough to get the person sent away from the fighting, but is not fatal, nor will it leave the person permanently crippled. This was referenced in the 1994 film Forrest Gump referring to Tom Hanks' character being shot in the buttocks and getting sent home from the Vietnam War.
In the book, Max Allan Collins also explains that it was originally called the "Hollywood wound".
Science fiction author Dean Whitlock wrote a 1987 short story titled "The Million-Dollar Wound" about a future war in which, as the conflict progresses, increasingly severe wounds are surgically and prosthetically repaired, until eventually, the only way for a soldier to be sent home is to die.
- "Blighty Wounds". Retrieved 2007-03-26.
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