The Pentagon recently created a medal to honor pilots of drone aircraft in combat zones. This medal will take precedence (be more important) than the Bronze Star with Combat V, an award for valor in combat.
Never has a medal targeted a specific category of serviceman. And never has an award for valor taken a back seat to someone in clean clothes thousands of miles from combat. This can't be validated.
I served and saw combat. I cannot accept that people whom I saw suffer, and sometimes die, have to defer to someone who works a toggle stick.
This should righteously upset people. It's another "everybody's a winner" example of our society that just can't be defended.
If you care at all, please write to your representatives. This can't be allowed to continue.
- Paul Banik, Whiting