Presentation of the Purple Heart and other Veterans Medals to William Hayes

Senator Harkin, who is a Navy veteran, has been a leader in the Senate in calling on the Department of Defense to improve the process for issuing military medals.

These medals are being presented to William Hayes for his service in the Vietnam War. In 1999 Harkin added an amendment to the Defense Authorization bill which directed the Secretary of Defense to eliminate the backlog in decoration requests. Since then, delays in receiving medals have been greatly reduced.

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