Background: The Pentagon recently announced the creation of "The Distinguished Warfare Medal," which would recognize service members with special training and capabilities that directly impact military operations, regardless of distance from the battlefield. The newly created medal would outrank the Bronze Star and Purple Heart.
The VFW immediately came out in opposition of the placement of the medal. We believe it is very important to recognize all who serve and excel, but thi snew medal could spark internal debate and deteriorate morale as it leapfrogs more thatn five dozen combat medals and ribbons - to include valor and combat injury awards.
Action Needed: Bills have been introduced in both the House (H.R. 833) and Senate (S. 470) that would prohibit DOD from placing the Ditinguished Warfare Medal higher in precedent than the Purple Heart. Both bills have the strong support of the VFW.
Contact your Representatives and Senators today and urge them to support H.R. 833 and S. 470. Tell them that the medals that are earned for valor and wounds in combat must outrank any new medals earned in the rear for combat support.