There are two bills working their way through Congress right now–H.R.833 in the House of Representatives and S.470 in the Senate. My source for the following information is Thomas.gov. I am not putting up a direct link as their direct links expire in a set time. Both bills deal with the new “The Distinguished Warfare Medal” which would outrank the Bronze Star and Purple Heart. The medal recognizes service members with special training and capabilities that directly impact military operations, regardless of distance from the battlefield. That means that a drone operator in California could get a higher medal than a soldier in the actual battlefield who takes heroic action. Seems a little unfair.
Thomas.gov reports the latest major action on H. R. 833 – 2/26/2013 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Armed Services. Thomas.gov also reports the latest major action on S. 470 – 3/6/2013 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Armed Services.
You can find information on how to get involved at the VFW website. I realize that the men and women who fly the drones are important, but they are not on the battlefield being shot at. That matters.