BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) – A State Legislative committee heard a testimony Tuesday about a proposed new medal for Massachusetts veterans.
The Medal of Fidelity, proposed by the Baker administration, would be presented to the families of Massachusetts service men and women who died from other, not as visible battle wounds.
“While honoring the fallen is our sacred duty, we must remember that for every service member who has died in our defense, there’s a military family who endures a devastating loss.”
Massachusetts State Adjutant General Garry Keefe testified before the committee in support of the proposal.
He said there needs to be more recognition of those who lost their lives from any injury or disease that resulted from battlefield exposure.
“The Medal of Fidelity will be presented to the next of kin of a service member or veteran who died as a result of either combat-related Post-dramatic stress disorder, a condition resulting from service connected to traumatic brain injury, or a service-connected disease.”
The state established the Medal of Liberty in 2009 to honor service members who died from physical wounds sustained during battle.
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