Call to action by our VFW's CiC

From John Hamilton, the VFW CiC
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TO ALL VFW DEPARTMENT, DISTRICT AND POST COMMANDERS:

I learned today that the Department of Defense will not lower the ranking of its new Distinguished Warfare Medal, which now ranks 9th highest out of five dozen current medals and ribbons in the order of precedence — and you don’t have to go to war to earn it!

I cannot tell you how displeased I am with the new defense secretary for not overriding what has proven to be an extremely divisive decision by his predecessor, but the buck hasn’t stopped yet. We have many friends in Congress who agree 100 percent with our position to lower the medal’s precedence to below the Purple Heart — and they have introduced companion bills in both the House and Senate to do just that — but the VFW needs you to get the other members of Congress off their duffs and become cosponsors of H.R. 833 and S. 470.

This VFW-supported legislation has bipartisan support because it is the right thing to do for the troops who go into harm’s way and not home every night. This is a policy disagreement over the placement of the new medal, not whether drone operators, cyber warriors and others don’t deserve to be properly recognized for the tremendous impact they are bringing to the battlefield in real-time. The VFW just adamantly believes that medals that can only be earned in combat must rank higher than new medals awarded in the rear.

I am asking you to contact every VFW Post, member and supporter you can find — today. We need you to light up Congress’ phones lines and e-mails to let them know that this issue is very important to the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States, and to their voting constituents and families at home. To contact your members of Congress, click on http://capwiz.com/vfw/issues/alert/?alertid=62485196.