I AM DISGUSTED!  Defense Secretary Panetta is thinking of awarding medals to drone operators that would have a standing higher than even the bronze star with a 'V' awarded to combat  veterans who risked their lives of which my husband was one (purple heart and 5 bronze stars, one with a 'V' as well as another with an arrowhead).
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 HOW DARE HE!
Why not just devalue the medals all those brave men were awarded and award a special medal to the president for all the risks he took on the golf course since we are talking about absurdity.
Pat Toomey | U.S. Senator For Pennsylvania
FRIDAY, FEB. 22, 2013

 

 

Expressing Concern Over Status Of Combat Valor Medal

I was concerned to hear that the Pentagon has reportedly decided to rank a new medal for drone operators and others not in direct ground combat above some long-standing combat valor medals. This week I wrote a letter to Defense Secretary Leon Panetta asking for his rationale on this decision.

The new Distinguished Warfare Medal will be awarded to pilots of unmanned aircraft, cyber war experts and personnel involved in combat operations who are neither physically present nor in a war zone facing risks of traditional combat service participants. According to recent news articles, in the military's "order of precedence" of various medals, the Distinguished Warfare Medal is slated to be ranked above some traditional combat valor medals such as the Bronze Star with valor device.

 
WHAT NEXT: Maybe even turn this hallowed ground into a golf course.
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  • Panetta is departing for his nut farm in California.  He himself has stated that he has had enough of dealing with the different kind of nuts one finds in DC.  Panetta should never have worked for this administration.  I am certain they have put pressure on him to do and say things that he would not normally said.  I'm not making excuses for him but I believe that he is a cut above this administration and should have not consented to be the Secretary of Defense even though he is a somewhat misguided Democrat.

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