Instead of being awarded the military honor in a formal ceremony, the vet with 29 years in the service was handed his award, and a shipping invoice, by a FedEx deliveryman outside his Sioux Falls, S.D., home.

"Leaders need to pay attention and take care of soldiers," Dickerson told The Huffington Post. "This is a gross injustice."

The shipping-and-handling fiasco was the last aggravation for Dickerson in his four-year quest to get the medal. His story was first reported by

he had to pay 21 bucks to get his purple heart medal. wonder how much a CMH runs???