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New war medal to recognize changing nature of war

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Defense Secretary, Leon Panetta, announces the creation of a new war medal to recognize the changing nature of combat in the 21st century, but some in KOTA Territory worry it could send the wrong message.

It's called the Distinguished Warfare Medal and will be used to award those in uniform who contribute to the fight without ever setting foot in the combat zone.

The Pentagon wants to point out that their contribution to the war effort is no less valid.

It will be awarded for extraordinary achievement in areas like drone operation or cyber warfare.

The medal provides recognition for achievements that directly impact combat operations, but do not involve acts of valor or physical risks that combat entails.

"I think this is going to meet with a lot of controversy," says Scotts Bluff and Banner County Veterans Service Officer, John J. Brehm.  "I know a lot of the combat veterans... that were in the front lines and seeing their good friends killed besides them and stuff like that... Are maybe going to have some problems with this."

The decoration will rank between the Silver and Bronze Stars in terms of its significance

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