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We’ve got your Medal, Right Here

They might as well have said, “Thanks for stepping up fella, but that’s a one way street.”

Korean War veteran Nyles Reed, 75, opened an envelope last week to learn a Purple Heart had been approved for injuries he sustained as a Marine on June 22, 1952.

But there was no medal. Just a certificate and a form stating that the medal was “out of stock.” —

A form letter? They’ve got so many backorders on purple hearts it necessitated the creation of a form letter?

The form letter from the Navy Personnel Command told Reed he could wait 90 days and resubmit an application, or buy his own medal. —

That’s just sad. Mr. Reed had to involve his senator in order to even get his paperwork processed for his purple heart, and Senator Cornyn’s office, after hearing about the USMC response to Reed, went to bat for him again to get his medal.

We have got to stop fucking with our vets like this. Big stuff, little stuff, it’s a one big dishonorable shaft.

Maj. J. DeLaRosa, a media affairs officer for the Marines at the Pentagon, couldn’t believe Reed received only the certificate.

“That’s unacceptable . ‘Out of stock’? That’s like saying, ‘We’re out of ammo.’ That’s like saying ‘The Marines are going to close tomorrow.’ It just seems a bit weird,” DeLaRosa said. “There have been a lot of guys wounded, but not to the point that we’re out of medals.” —

Tell it to Mr. Reed, and probably a lot of other honorable people who have a form letter sitting on their dresser. Shameful.

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3 Responses to “We’ve got your Medal, Right Here”

  1. Very sad! Not only aren’t vets getting proper help with there healthcare now they can’t even get there fucking medals! And I’ll tell you one more thing, I’ll bet to high heaven Korean War veteran Nyles Reed, is embarassed that he even has to beg for the damn thing. Medals and ribbons for WWI, WWII, Korea, and Vietnam, Veterans normally tend to be a very personal issue for them. It’s been my experience that those Veteran’s very seldom like discussing what they went through along with normally just saying, “all I did is serve my country.”

    Very sad day! And piss on ALL the politicians and especially those who sent the letter within the military!

    The letter should have read: “The medal is out of stock BUT we will be getting you one A.S.A.P. We will keep you updated as to the situation.”

  2. This is sad indeed. I just found out recently that the military requires the men and women serving to buy their own uniforms as well. Hell, if you work as a maid at a hotel they provide the uniforms. WTF. I know the benefits in the military are good but the pay sucks. There are many in the service who are on food stamps. The hero in this story ended up buying his own medal. It is time to treat our men and women in the service with a little more respect as well as a little more money.

  3. That story just sums up the attitude toward the military of too many people in power who have no personal connection to it - never worn a uniform, don’t know anyone who had - as far as they’re concerned, we’re just low-rent hired help. And there are too many senior brass in uniform who’ve forgotten where they came from to such an extent that they have the same outlook.

    I wouldn’t go so far as to say people should have to serve in the military to run for office, but they should have to do a few years of some kind of voluntary public service - Peace Corps, something like the old Civilian Conservation Corps, whatever - before they’re allowed to be in charge of other people in that position. That may be an unpopular view, but I believe it would weed out a lot of selfish bastards who should never hold power.

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