Medal of Honor: History and Issues [September 5, 2014]   [open pdf - 379KB]

"Members and staff of Congress often ask the Congressional Research Service to provide information concerning the awarding of the Medal of Honor (MoH). This report briefly describes the history of the MoH and the criteria and rules used in awarding the medal. The benefits that are made available to Medal of Honor recipients are listed. This report also describes the process involved in reconsidering an individual for receipt of the medal (including what assistance a Member may provide in this process). The applicable statutes concerning those improperly holding, trading, or selling the award as well as those who wrongly claim to be medal recipients are summarized. Some citations of those who have been awarded the MoH are provided as examples including the most recent recipient, Army Sergeant Ryan M. Pitts, on July 21, 2014, along with certain statistics describing the recipients."

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CRS Report for Congress, 95-519
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