Thursday, June 18, 2009

Left Out In The Cold Again

The Senate and the House of Representatives have both released their versions of the
National Defense Authorization Act 2010.

Neither version had a provision for a Cold War Victory/Service Medal, much to our dismay.
It seems the Cold War Veterans continue to receive the cold shoulder from Congress and
DoD.

It is still possible to have a stand alone bill introduced, much as Secretary Clinton did when
she was in the Senate. We are still attempting to convince Senators and Representatives to
introduce legislation for this year.

It could also be done by an amendment to the NDAA 2010, and hope that it does get attached
and not removed during senate/house committee meetings.

Also President Obama could use an executive order to authorize a medal. On at least two
occasions during the campaign then Senator Obama stated he felt a Cold War Medal should
be given to all who served honorably.

So now everyone please contact your elected officials ask them to introduce legislation, or
be a cosponsor when someone else does introduce a bill.

You can also contact President Obama to ask him if he will indeed do the right thing for our veterans.

Remember this year is the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, and 17 years since
the end of the Cold War, a perfect time for our country to honor our veterans and keep the
promises that were made when these veterans joined the military.

Do it now and do it often. Do not let our congress stonewall veterans any longer.

Jerald Terwilliger
National Vice Chairman
American Cold War Veterans, Inc.
"We Remember"