Posted on Jan 19, 2017
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Mainly speaking about the latest MoH recipients from the Global War on Terrorism. I understand you receive a number of benefits for being a recipient of the award, such as; $1200 per month for life, 10% increase in military retirement pension, qualified dependents are automatically approved for attendance at military academies, commissary and PX privileges for life, the list goes on and on. Just wondering why the ones that had under 20 years wouldn't finish. Any thoughts on this?

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http://militaryadvantage.military.com/2011/06/the-benefits-for-medal-of-honor-recipeints/
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Probably because they get tired of being used in the dog and pony show.
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LCpl Keith Neathery
LCpl Keith Neathery
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I was under the command of Col. Wesley Fox at OCS in quantico, he was an MoH recip and stayed in until he reached manditory retirement age.
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Capt Leo Glover
Capt Leo Glover
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I provided a statement for a MOH winner. He received it in 1967. This man hated being Mister MOH winner and disliked being only recognized for his medal. He later in the 90's sold it at a garage sale and moved to a very isolated area. Gentleman passed away a few years ago.
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CPL S S
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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Allan_J._Kellogg
I worked in the VA in Honolulu with this awesome man...he is the most unassuming person that wants nothing in return. He worked in our homeless office to give out food, clothing and showers to homeless veterans. We put together a team to do a farewell ceremony/party for his retirement of 50 years of service. After planning a big festival with the whole Marine Corps base Hawaii and PACOM commanders and PENTAGON officials to come...he found out and CANCELLED whole thing. He left one day and never came back!!! Saw him last month in the VA Clinic and he is still the same. Story from a veteran that I spoke to that served with him said he took the brunt of a grenade thrown to his position to save the lives of his squad and survived!!!
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CSM Chuck Stafford
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Obviously can't speak from experience, but I suspect that:
1) They've all been through a traumatic significant emotional event
2) Their status as a MoH recipient has moved them away from being with Soldiers and more towards public speaking engagements and poster boy stuff (may not be the comfort zone)
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MSgt Mike Lucht
MSgt Mike Lucht
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Probably everytime they see medal it reminds them of the worse day of their life.
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SGT Team Chief
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From what I have heard, a MoH receiptant can’t go to combat. If a military can’t go to combat, then why stay in.

Also, met a MoH receiptant who did 20. He wondered did he get promoted and respect based off of his merits or the MoH.
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SFC Joseph Lumpkins
SFC Joseph Lumpkins
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Two great points
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PFC Charles Sanders
PFC Charles Sanders
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SGT (Join to see) the medal is a product of his merits.
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PO2 Seth Carron
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I think the biggest reason would be that MoH recipients from the GWOT campaign were all medically retired, or were already out, Dakota Myers was already out when he received his, Kyle Carpenter lost an eye during his actions that earned his, one soldier lost a hand in a grenade blast, this isn't like Forrest Gump where he receives one and the only wound he gets is a bullet in the ass, these service members get seriously wounded.
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SP5 Kathleen Berger
SP5 Kathleen Berger
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SSgt Bill Mills - Medal

The Bronze Star Medal, unofficially the Bronze Star, is a United States decoration awarded to members of the United States Armed Forces for either heroic achievement, heroic service, meritorious achievement, or meritorious service in a combat zone. My brother-in-law received the bronze star for meritorious service in a combat zone. I admit I had forgotten it was strictly a combat zone award; however, I was right it can be awarded for meritorious achievement/service not related to actual combat.
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SSgt James Guy
SSgt James Guy
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John Basilone was paraded around until he volunteered to go back to a combat unit and was killed on Iwo Jima.
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PO2 Seth Carron
PO2 Seth Carron
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I never said that getting major,.life changing injuries such as losing a hand or eye was a requirement, it's just that due to the sheer risk that recipients have put themselves in, it's generally the norm that they end up seriously wounded.
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MSgt Gary Cooley
MSgt Gary Cooley
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Msgt (retired), I believe they were not the type of person who were seeking the limelight, they were soldiers who did unbelievable things in an unbelievable moment in history, I don't think you will ever find a MOH winner who thought this will get me my MOH, no they are men who fought hardest when their chances were least, they were men doing their duty trying to survive and then thrust into the light where everyday they get to relive the worst day of their lives, most often their sacrifice came when others died. There is a reason why most MOH medal recipients receive the medal posthumously.
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