HUNTER FIGHTS TO GIVE MILITARY BRAVERY ITS DUE


To one congressman fighting to set the record straight, this incident is further proof of a military awards system that badly needs oversight and accountability. Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.) challenged the system prominently in March, successfully calling for a reopening of the case of Marine Sgt. Rafael Peralta, who was denied a Medal of Honor in favor of the lesser Navy Cross because of conflicting accounts of how he came to cover a grenade and save a comrade’s life in Fallujah, Iraq, 2004.

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