Decorated Vietnam veteran Ramon Rodriguez served his country for 23 years, and has been waiting nearly that long to receive one more honor – the nation’s highest.
Rodriguez was nominated for the Congressional Medal of Honor in 1982, after earning three Silver Stars, three Bronze Stars and five Purple Hearts during 32 months of service in Vietnam.
Because the nomination process is long and complicated, requiring input from soldiers all over the country, plus approval from Congress and the Pentagon, it’s not clear when or if he will receive the medal.
“I’m excited about the award. I hope it goes through,” Rodriguez, 55, said. “The big thing is it’s not just for me. It brings up Vietnam in a good light for all the people who were there and didn’t get the recognition they deserved.”