Overlooked Veterans will now be honored by President Obama

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Melanie Nathan, Feb 21, 2014.,

President Obama will correct a historical act of discrimination next month when he awards the Medal of Honor, the nation’s highest commendation for combat valor, to 19 Hispanic, Jewish and African-American veterans overlooked previously because of their racial or ethnic backgrounds.

The unusual presentation will culminate a 12-year Pentagon review ordered by Congress into past discrimination in the ranks, and will hold a particular poignancy hosted by the nation’s first African-American president.

The unusual historical accounting began in 2002 when Congress, as part of the defense spending bill, ordered the Pentagon to look into whether Jewish and Hispanic service members had been passed over unfairly for the nation’s highest military honor.

Although the review predates Obama’s tenure, he has made addressing discrimination in the military ranks — including ending the ban on gay and lesbian service members — a priority as commander in chief.


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4 Comments on “Overlooked Veterans will now be honored by President Obama”

  1. jerbearinsantafe February 21, 2014 at 2:43 PM #

    Reblogged this on JerBear's Queer World News, Views & More From The City Different – Santa Fe, NM.

  2. Dr. Rex February 21, 2014 at 7:28 PM #

    Reblogged this on It Is What It Is and commented:
    Honor where honor is due!!!

  3. hocuspocus13 February 21, 2014 at 7:40 PM #

    in 2002 we, the American People, were lead by our Republican President George Bush

    • Melanie Nathan February 21, 2014 at 9:50 PM #

      He who makes me vomit – the war criminal murderer of a quarter million innocent people. GW is a War criminal!!

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