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This week, President Bush presented the Presidential Medal of Freedom to eight people in recognition to their contributions in the arts, sciences and the pursuit of freedom. This award is the highest civilian award given by the White House.
But little has been said about the Congressional Medal of Honor – the highest award for bravery and valor in action against an enemy force, given to soldiers serving in the Armed Services of the United States. With the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan now over six years in force and with more than 27,000 wounded and nearly 4,300 killed, we certainly have more than enough valor and bravery to recognize.
Or do we? Since our initial invasion of Afghanistan, Congress has awarded eight Medals of Honor. And of those eight, only two of them were for service in Afghanistan and Iraq. The others were for Vietnam, Korea and the Civil War.
So in the past six years, only two servicemen have distinguished themselves in the battle against terrorism? Only two people have shown enough bravery and valor to be recognized as such?
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