The Department of Defense unveiled a new website designed to raise awareness of service members heroism and help deter those who falsely claim military honors.
The site, valor.defense.gov, aims to honor soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines who received the highest valor awards in operations since Sept. 11, 2001.
“It is essential that we honor and recognize our service members’ achievements, while maintaining the integrity of our award data,” said Erin Conaton, undersecretary of defense for personnel and readiness. “We are working quickly to compile accurate information on the heroes of the post-9/11 conflicts. At the same time, we will work with the military services to identify and seek to address the challenges associated with compiling data from earlier conflicts.”
These are the Medal of Honor, service crosses and the Silver Star. The listings covers only awards since Sept. 11, 2001. The site currently lists only those awarded the Medal of Honor, and will expand to include the other awards, officials said.