Protect Significance of Purple Heart and Bronze Star
FRA supports legislation
introduced in the House (HR 833), sponsored by Rep. Duncan Hunter of
California, and the Senate (S. 470), sponsored by Montana Senator Jon
Tester, to ensure that the Bonze Star and Purple Heart combat
medals rank ahead of a new medal honoring service away from the front
lines. The bills are in response to a recent Department of Defense
(DoD) announcement that the Distinguished Warfare Medal will
recognize extraordinary achievement of unmanned aerial vehicle
pilots and cyber warriors, and will be authorized for wear above
the Bronze Star and Purple Heart, both of which are awarded only for
Recognizing valor in
combat has profound and significant meaning within the military
community and FRA believes that recognition for non-combat service should not supersede combat-related awards.
FRA National President Mark Kilgore and numerous other leaders of
military and veteran organizations signed a letter to President Obama
asking his personal involvement to lower the new
Distinguished Warfare Medal’s standing in the military
medals’ order of precedence.
In response to these concerns,
Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel has directed a 30-day study be
conducted to review the policy associated with the new medal.
are urged to use the FRA Action Center to ask their legislators to
support these legislative proposals.