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Cold War Victory Medal

Postby ssgmike » Thu Mar 06, 2008 9:27 pm

Updated December 12, 2007


Cold War Victory Medal LEGISLATIVE UPDATE: Cold War Medal does NOT win legislative approval

The House and Senate have completed reconciling their respective defense authorization bills for Fiscal Year 2008. A Cold War Medal provision was NOT included in the conference report of the National Defense Authorization Act for 2008 in the section of the law entitled:
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Cold War Medal

Postby fmt101 » Sat Sep 20, 2008 6:59 pm

I'm a veteran of the Cold War and do indeed think the time is Right for a Cold War Medal !! There were untold number,s of soldier,s and civilian,s that died during this time in history, for freedom. It,s a shame the Medal is being swept under the rug. Accomplishment,s during this time were staggering. :evil: :x

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Postby gmg » Wed Sep 23, 2009 12:01 am

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Thank you fmt101 for putting this back on my radar screen. I'd let this topic slip away.

So what exactly is the status of this legislation right now?

Obviously, I'm a Cold War Vet, but I am not so concerned about another medal as I am about one for a friend who lost his life due to the Cold War and most definitely (properly documented) because of hostile fire.

I think it would be very good for his family to see some recognition for his sacrifice.

And he is just one of so many that lost their lives in a hostile fire situation that didn't fall under one of the designations covered by a campaign ribbon.

So where is it that the Cold War Medal stands right now?

What I'd love to hear is that I am out of touch and the legislation has passed both houses of Congress and was signed into law, but I was too busy to hear about it. Any chance of that?

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Postby ssgmike » Wed Sep 23, 2009 10:34 am

gmg here is the website for the cold war victory medal

http://www.coldwarveterans.com/cold_war ... _medal.htm

The following provision was included in the House of Representatives version of The National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2008. It did NOT become law despite the fact that it was passed/agreed to in The House by a recorded vote of 397 in favor, 27 against]

SEC. 556. COLD WAR VICTORY MEDAL.

(a) Authority- Chapter 57 of title 10, United States Code, is amended by adding at the end the following new section:

`Sec. 1135. Cold War Victory Medal

`(a) Medal Authorized- The Secretary concerned shall issue a service medal, to be known as the `Cold War Victory Medal', to persons eligible to receive the medal under subsection (b). The Cold War Victory Medal shall be of an appropriate design approved by the Secretary of Defense , with ribbons, lapel pins, and other appurtenances.

`(b) Eligible Persons- The following persons are eligible to receive the Cold War Victory Medal:

`(1) A person who--

`(A) performed active duty or inactive duty training as an enlisted member during the Cold War;

`(B) completed the person's initial term of enlistment or, if discharged before completion of such initial term of enlistment, was honorably discharged after completion of not less than 180 days of service on active duty; and

`(C) has not received a discharge less favorable than an honorable discharge or a release from active duty with a characterization of service less favorable than honorable.

`(2) A person who--

`(A) performed active duty or inactive duty training as a commissioned officer or warrant officer during the Cold War;

`(B) completed the person's initial service obligation as an officer or, if discharged or separated before completion of such initial service obligation, was honorably discharged after completion of not less than 180 days of service on active duty; and

`(C) has not been released from active duty with a characterization of service less favorable than honorable and has not received a discharge or separation less favorable than an honorable discharge.

`(c) One Award Authorized- Not more than one Cold War Victory Medal may be issued to any person.

`(d) Issuance to Representative of Deceased- If a person described in subsection (b) dies before being issued the Cold War Victory Medal, the medal shall be issued to the person's representative, as designated by the Secretary concerned.

`(e) Replacement- Under regulations prescribed by the Secretary concerned, a Cold War Victory Medal that is lost, destroyed, or rendered unfit for use without fault or neglect on the part of the person to whom it was issued may be replaced without charge.

`(f) Application for Medal- The Cold War Victory Medal shall be issued upon receipt by the Secretary concerned of an application for such medal, submitted in accordance with such regulations as the Secretary prescribes.

`(g) Uniform Regulations- The Secretary of Defense shall ensure that regulations prescribed by the Secretaries of the military departments under this section are uniform so far as is practicable.

`(h) Definition- In this section, the term `Cold War' means the period beginning on September 2, 1945, and ending at the end of December 26, 1991.'.

(b) Clerical Amendment- The table of sections at the beginning of such chapter is amended by adding at the end the following new item:

`1135. Cold War Victory Medal.'.
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