Summary

1/15/2013--Introduced.Authorizes the Secretary of the Army to award the Army Combat Action Badge to any member of the Army who participated in combat during which the person actually... Read More

Status

This bill was introduced on Jan 15, 2013, in a previous session of Congress, but was not passed.

Date Introduced
Jan 15, 2013

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State: CA

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I support H.R. 293 ("To expand retroactive eligibility of the Army Combat Action Badge to include members of the") because...my artillery unit experienced sniper, ground attacks and regular rocket and mortar attacks but have nothing to show that they were combat soldiers. We lost ten men (KIA) and had over thirty wounded (WIA) but have no supporting badge to show that we we in combat. This bill would rectify this oversight. Thank you Capt. H Parker, USA Ret.

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capthank
ID-1
1 year ago

I support H.R. 293 ("To expand retroactive eligibility of the Army Combat Action Badge to include members of the") because...When I was in Vietnam I was assigned to the 1097th Trans Co (MB) that was in direct support of the 9th Infantry Div. We moved troops all thru the Delta with our boats, we worked with the Mobile Riverine Force of the Navy. When I tell people I was in direct combat they always ask me where my CIB is. The only people who could get that "Had" to have an Infantry MOS. So those of us who were in combat had nothing to show we were until this badge was created. I see no reason why it shouldn't be given to those of us who were involved in combat so we have something to show for it.

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FL
13
rustylever
FL-13
1 year ago

I support H.R. 293 ("To expand retroactive eligibility of the Army combat action badge to include members of the") because... As a Vietnam vet noninfantry with rocket fire over head mortors going off part of LZ Bettys 101st airborne completely destroyed. VC had broke through the perimeter several .americans killed. Phan Thiet 1 mile away was ho chi mins birth place. I served in 4 offensives including tet 1969. I think I earned a combat action badge.43 years ago jimmy d mcbride sherman tx.

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TX
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lzbetty
TX-4
2 years ago

I support H.R. 293 ("To expand retroactive eligibility of the Army Combat Action Badge to include members of the") because... it is the right thing to do. If you look at equity alone, and believe me this is not the only factor, equity in terms of the fact that the Air Force, Navy and Marines have a Combat Action Ribbon or Medal that they have made retroactive to 1941. Why not the Army Aknowledgement that the Infantry and Medics where not the only Army personnel to engage the enemy in a combat zone in previous wars prior to 2001 would put into perspective the nature of battle, and the controbutions and sacrafices made by such personnel in Army. When I was in Vietnam, as part of the 504th MP Battalion, we engaged the enemy (VC, NVA) not on any front lines, but in the streets, hamlet and at our basecamps, on convoy escorts and local patrols. The same type of activity many Military Police are being awarded the CAB today. I earned my Purple Heart that took 47 years to rectify, but feel bad that the other MP, who engaged the enemy have not received their due for their sacrafices only because they were not injured or wounded . The CAB retroactively is a way to correct this.

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CA
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Bill-504th-Duty,Justice-and-Ho
CA-19
2 years ago

I support H.R. 293 ("To expand retroactive eligibility of the Army Combat Action Badge to include members of the") because... Give them the badge, Medal, or Combat Action Ribbon. They deserve it! I am a Combat Veteran Disabled. Please vote yes and support this Bill.

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MI
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MCVXIII
MI-10
2 years ago

I support H.R. 293 ("To expand retroactive eligibility of the Army Combat Action Badge to include members of the") because...it is unfair that combat veterans of previous eras that personally engaged our enemies are overlooked for recogniton simply because the award was created after their actions took place. In 1991-92 I served in El Salvador as an intelligence advisor to 2 infantry brigades. I lived in Salvadorian barracks that was subject to periodic enenmy fire. In October 1991 we were attacked and surrounded for 3 days by the insurgent FMLN forces, constantly exchanging gunfire. I was decorated for valor for my actions during that battle but did not receive the CIB because I was not an infantryman. Now that my country finally creates an award that recognizes the combat contributions of non-infantry and Special Forces soldiers on the batttlefield my fellow combat veterans of prior wars and armed conflicts and I are told that we don't count. That our contributions are less significant because they took place before 18 September 2001. This is and insult to the thousands soldiers that died or were wounded in battle prior to 2001. Please pass this bill - let's be fair!

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VA
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ElSalCombatVet
VA-11
2 years ago

Users Opposing

I oppose H.R. 293 ("To expand retroactive eligibility of the Army Combat Action Badge to include members of the") because Military Award criteria should be the sole responsibility and determination of the branch of military that is responsible for each member of the military. Additionally I oppose this legislation as Military Awards are not designed as a participation trophy that everyone gets. They hold specific and special meaning to members of the military both active and veterans, and that should be protected at all costs.

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SSGWidner
AZ-1
2 years ago

Bill Summary

1/15/2013--Introduced.Authorizes the Secretary of the Army to award the Army Combat Action Badge to any member of the Army who participated in combat during which the person actually engaged, or was personally engaged by, the enemy at any time between December 7, 1941, and September 18, 2001, as long as such person has not been previously recognized for such participation.

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