Combat Awards Process in "Disarray"
The U.S. military's combat awards process is reportedly in disarray.
That according to California congressman Duncan Hunter, and historian Doug Sterner who say the defense department's statistics do not accurately reflect the complete list of those who have been awarded combat medals for their work in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Sterner says more than 60 army silver star recipients are missing from the pentagon's official website. The Defense Department's awards website was created to allow the public to verify a person's claim to be a winner.
The Pentagon says there are reasons for the website omissions, like for security reasons or the family requests the name not be listed. Hunter adds, the process is laden with bureaucracy, prompting some commanders to recommend service members for lesser awards rather than have the application get lost in the lengthy process.