Congress again is considering a measure that would authorize issuance of a Cold War Service Medal to veterans who served during the tense era when the West and the Warsaw Pact parried against each other. If H.R. 1419 becomes law, eligible past and present service members would include those who were: on active duty for at least 24 consecutive months between Sept. 2, 1945 and Dec. 26, 1991; deployed outside the continental U.S. for at least 30 days during that time period; in a reserve component and called to active duty to take part in exercises directly related to the Cold War; or performed other Cold War-related duties, as outlined by the Defense Department. Veteran recipients also must hold honorable discharges. Rep. David Young, R-Iowa, introduced the measure on March 7. It is now pending before the House Armed Services Committee.
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