Senators, veterans object to new military medal to be awarded to drone pilots

The Department of Defense’s plan to issue Distinguished Warfare Medals has been met with resistance with 22 U.S. senators and veteran organizations reacting negatively to the news.

The medal is intended to honor service members who contribute to efforts on the battlefield but from a distance, sometimes as far away as home. Much of the criticism stems from the fact that the new medal is placed above the Bronze Star and Purple Heart awards.

Host Carmen Russell-Sluchansky spoke with Michael Hoffman, an Iraq War veteran and founder of Iraq Veterans Against War, to discuss the controversy.


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Carmen is a multimedia journalist based in Washington, DC whose work has appeared in a variety of outlets including National Geographic, NBC News, the BBC, Asia! Magazine, The China Post, Chicago Tribune and Orlando Sentinel.