ADL Welcomes Belated Recognition of Jewish and Hispanic War Veterans with Presidential Medal of Honor

New York, NY, February 21, 2014 … The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) welcomed today’s announcement that President Barack Obama will present the Medal of Honor to Jewish and Hispanic war veterans who may have been previously denied recognition because of their cultural or religious backgrounds.

“In this instance justice was delayed but not denied,” said Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director.  “It is a very welcome effort and show of sensitivity by this administration to seek to redress acts of discrimination, and this recognition is especially praiseworthy in that it relates to soldiers who fought so bravely on behalf of this country in America’s wars.”

The White House announced that 24 Army veterans, including Jewish and Hispanic Americans who were previously recognized with the Distinguished Service Cross, the nation’s second highest military award, will be honored on March 18 in an effort “to ensure that those deserving the Medal of Honor were not denied because of prejudice.”

Records of American servicemen and servicewomen were reviewed under the 2002 Defense Authorization Act, which called for a review of war records from World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War to ensure that no one who served was denied recognition.  The Medal of Honor recognizes gallantry, intrepidity and heroism above and beyond the call of duty.

The full list of honorees, released earlier today, is available online.

ADL is the world’s leading anti-hate organization. Founded in 1913 in response to an escalating climate of anti-Semitism and bigotry, its timeless mission is to protect the Jewish people and to secure justice and fair treatment for all. Today, ADL continues to fight all forms of hate with the same vigor and passion. A global leader in exposing extremism, delivering anti-bias education, and fighting hate online, ADL is the first call when acts of anti-Semitism occur. ADL’s ultimate goal is a world in which no group or individual suffers from bias, discrimination or hate.

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