A troubling decision, apparently by some bureaucrat or bureaucrats at the Pentagon, merits response by veterans throughout southeastern Connecticut ? and nationally. At issue is the decision to rate the new Distinguished Warfare Medal above two long-standing and honored medals, the Bronze Star with Combat V and the Purple Heart.
I subscribe to the position taken by John Hamilton, national Commander-in-Chief of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, who recently wrote that ?medals that can only be earned in direct combat must mean more than medals awarded in the rear.?
I certainly agree with the establishment of the new medal for service personnel who work in today?s vital areas of cyberwarfare and missile programming, but its ranking needs revision. I presume letters to members of Congress is the first element of reaction on the matter.
DENNIS J. RILEY