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You should thank the Cold War veterans

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In the Feb. 14 Watertown Daily Times I read that Defense Secretary Leon Panetta wants to create a medal that can be awarded to troops who have a direct impact on combat operations but never step into actual combat. These troops sit thousands of miles away from the actual fighting and killing and fly the drones now being used in combat.

The people to whom aa medal should be awarded are the men and women who fought in the Cold War and saw actual combat and got killed, wounded or disabled for life. We only received a sheet of paper stating that we were in the Cold War.

According to the Pentagon criteria, the article states the medal gives the military a way to recognize a single act that directly affects a combat operation. It must be the actions of Cold War veterans do not meet the criteria.

I guess my time and the time of all veterans that served in the Cold War don’t amount to anything by the standards created by the Defense secretary. If I had known this was the way I was going to be treated, and I’m sure other veterans that served during the Cold War feel the same, we would not have volunteered to serve our country.

Paul Charleston

Winthrop

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