KOTA Territory vets pleased about new combat medal - KOTA Territory News

KOTA Territory vets pleased about new combat medal


The Pentagon is changing its definition of what kind of service qualifies for war medals, and veterans in KOTA Territory welcome the change.
A new medal, called the Distinguished Warfare Medal, would be awarded to service members who are removed from combat zones.

Currently, vets have to risk their lives to be eligible for combat medals.

But the new one would be available to people who do things like fly drones from afar and work with cyber attacks.

Some say the medal cheapens other combat awards, but the vets we talked to are glad to see the military is keeping up with the changing face of combat.
"It's a technology that's there, we're using it, it's helping us," said Joseph Leshuk, an Air Force vet of 22 years. "And just because they have a job like that, it doesn't mean they shouldn't get awarded something."
"I think they should get something for their time that they're spending," added 26-year Air Force vet Paul Ott, "because it takes a lot of pressure off of us, or those that are on the field in the battle zone."
There's no word on when the medal will be available ... Because an official announcement has not been made.

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