Friday, September 10, 2010
Army Staff Sgt. Salvatore Giunta's bravery in the face of a well-placed ambush in Afghanistan has earned him the first Medal of Honor awarded to a living soldier since the Vietnam War. But many vets and their advocates are asking why the sacrifies made by our soldiers over the past nine years have received so much less recognition than their WWII-era counterparts. According to the Washington Post: "Six medals have been awarded posthumously to those who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan, a small fraction of those given during previous conflicts. In comparison, 246 Medals of Honor have been granted to those who fought in Vietnam, 133 for the Korean War and 464 for World War II."