Rep. Vic Snyder, D-Ark., Rob Simmons, R-Conn., and Rep. Silvestre Reyes, D-Texas, today introduced legislation to award veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan specific campaign medals for those wars.
“As a Vietnam veteran and former Marine, I know the incredible pride and sense of accomplishment our military personnel feel about how well they have done in our most recent wars,” said Snyder in a statement. “Whatever one thinks about the Iraq war, our people in uniform did what their country asked of them and they did it very well. Congress should recognize their accomplishments, and I am very pleased that Mr. Simmons and Mr. Reyes have joined me in introducing this legislation recognizing the accomplishments of our men and women in uniform.”
“The embattled soldiers of the 507th Maintenance Company fought in Iraq to rid the world of Saddam Hussein and search out his weapons of mass destruction,” said Reyes. “Their ambush and imprisonment — and the experiences of all those serving in Iraq and Afghanistan — should be adequately recognized. In past wars, millions of soldiers, sailors, airmen, and Marines have received combat medals that have held intense meaning for them. Soldiers who fought and are fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan deserve a medal of equal significance.”
Good for these congressmen. There legislation is in response to the Pentagon’s decision to award a single Global War on Terrorism (GWOT) medal to military veterans. Now let’s do something about military pay…