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AmVets Applauds Secretary Hagel's Medal Decision

AMVETS Applauds Secretary Hagel’s Medal Decision
Pentagon will not issue Distinguished Warfare Medal for drone pilots and cyber warriors
Cleve Geer, national commander of AMVETS, America’s most inclusive major veterans’ service organization, lauded Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel’s decision to cancel plans for the controversial Distinguished Warfare Medal and instead issue a new device to affix to existing medals. The new device, expected to be announced within 90 days, will recognize those whose service, while removed from physical combat, affects the battle space.
“AMVETS commends Secretary Hagel for his thoughtful approach to this sensitive matter,” said Geer. “His willingness to listen to critics in the veterans’ community is appreciated and has helped to safeguard the honors we bestow upon those who serve in harm’s way.”
A leader since 1944 in preserving the freedoms secured by America’s armed forces, AMVETS provides support for veterans and the active military in procuring their earned entitlements, as well as community service and legislative reform that enhances the quality of life for this nation’s citizens and veterans alike. AMVETS is one of the largest congressionally chartered veterans’ service organizations in the United States, and includes members from each branch of the military, including the National Guard and Reserve. To learn more visit

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One thought on “AmVets Applauds Secretary Hagel's Medal Decision

  1. Since Congress will not approve the Cold War Medal, is there any chance to get the National Defense Service Medal authorized for all who served during the Cold War Period 1945-1991 to include National Guard and Reserve. During this period in what is becoming a forgotten period, training was more than just “Standard Military Training”. We trained to be ready at a time we faced a threat of the Dooms Day War. Very little National Guard training, if any, focused on State emergencies, instead, was directly focused on a conflict with the Soviet Union. At the very least, The National Defense Medal should cover the entire Cold War Period.

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