The Defense Department unveiled a new website on July 25th, 2012 that honors service members’ highest acts of valor.
The site — at http://valor.defense.gov — is designed to raise
awareness of service members’ heroism and to help deter those who
falsely claim military honors, officials said.
who have served so honorably remains the crux of the DOD effort, Defense
Secretary Leon E. Panetta said. “One of the most important things we
can do for all veterans is to honor the service of those who have gone
above and beyond the call of duty,” he added.
officials said, the intent of the website is to honor soldiers, sailors,
airmen and Marines who received the highest valor awards in operations
since Sept. 11, 2001. These are the Medal of Honor, service crosses and
the Silver Star. The listing covers only awards since Sept. 11, 2001.
The site currently lists only those awarded the Medal of Honor, and will
expand to include the other awards, officials said.
essential that we honor and recognize our service members’ achievements,
while maintaining the integrity of our award data,” said Erin C.
Conaton, undersecretary of defense for personnel and readiness. “We are
working quickly to compile accurate information on the heroes of the
post-9/11 conflicts. At the same time, we will work with the military
services to identify and seek to address the challenges associated with
compiling data from earlier conflicts.”