Obama plans to award Medal of Honor to 24 veterans

The Medal of Honor rests on a flag. (U.S. Navy, Getty Images)
The Medal of Honor rests on a flag. (U.S. Navy, Getty Images)
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Updated: 2/21/2014 8:22 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama will award the Medal of Honor to 24 Army veterans for their combat actions in Vietnam, Korea and during World War II, following an assembly to ensure eligible recipients were not overlooked due to prejudice.

According to WYFF news, In 2002, Congress -- as part of the Defense Authorization Act -- set up a review of Jewish and Hispanic veterans who served in combat since the middle of the century "to ensure those deserving the Medal Of Honor were not denied because of prejudice," explained the White House. The congressional action was later amended to open the door for any serviceman or woman denied the award due to discrimination.

Next month's mass ceremony will honor veterans, most of Hispanic or Jewish heritage, who had already been recognized with the Distinguished Service Cross, the nation's second highest military award. Only three of the recipients are living.

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