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SEC. 581. COLD WAR SERVICE MEDAL. (Senate language in NDAA 2012)


(a) Medal Authorized- The Secretary of Defense may authorize the issuance by the Secretaries concerned of a service medal, to be known as the `Cold War Service Medal', to persons eligible to receive the medal under the regulations under subsection (b).

(b) Regulations-
(1) IN GENERAL- The issuance of a Cold War Service Medal under this section shall be subject to regulations prescribed by Secretary of Defense.

(2) ELEMENTS- The regulations shall--
(A) provide for an appropriate design for the Cold War Service Medal; and

(B) specify the persons eligible to receive the medal.

(c) Secretaries Concerned Defined- In this section, the term `Secretaries concerned' has the meaning given that term in section 101(a)(9) of title 10, United States Code.










Dec 22, 2010 - Senate forgoes it's work on passage of their version of NDAA(S.3454) to go home early without debate on NDAA, passing House version(H.R.6523) of NDAA without debate and with normal conference reconciliation. The Cold War Service Medal (Sec.566) in the Senate version side-stepped.
Congress FAILS Cold War Veterans at Christmas!







National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2011 (this language stripped out 22 Dec 2010 in lieu of H.R.6523).

Senate NDAA 2011 Language

SEC. 566. COLD WAR SERVICE MEDAL.

(a) Medal Authorized- The Secretary of Defense may authorize the issuance by the Secretaries concerned of a service medal, to be known as the `Cold War Service Medal” , to persons eligible to receive the medal  under the regulations under subsection (b).

(b) Regulations-

(1) IN GENERAL- The issuance of a Cold War Service Medal under this section shall be subject to regulations prescribed by Secretary of Defense.

(2) ELEMENTS- The regulations shall--
(A) provide for an appropriate design for the Cold War Service Medal; and

(B) specify the persons eligible to receive the medal.

(c) Secretaries Concerned Defined- In this section, the term `Secretaries concerned' has the meaning given that term in section 101(a)(9) of title 10, United States Code.





28 May 2010 - Senate Reports Out NDAA 2011 Mark-Up and Includes CWSM Provision! (see page 13)
NDAA FY11 Markup Press Release.pdf




http://www.house.gov/apps/list/press/tn03_wamp/coldwarvets.html

House Unanimously Agrees To Recognize Cold War Veterans 429 yeas 0 nays

RECOGNIZING OUR COLD WAR VETERANS
   
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April 2 – The Cold War involved hundreds of military exercises and operations between September 1945 and December 1991 when the Soviet Union’s Communist government collapsed. Congressman Zach Wamp co-sponsored a bill to honor the sacrifices and contributions made by members of the Armed Forces during our nation’s longest undeclared war. The House of Representatives recently passed the Cold War Veterans Recognition Day to encourage all Americans to honor their sacrifices and contributions.

Tens of thousands of Tennessee veterans valiantly served our nation during this long conflict and many sacrificed their lives. While the Cold War was marked by well known international events such as the Berlin Airlift, the Korean War, the Cuban Missile Crisis, the Vietnam War and the fall of the Berlin Wall, Oak Ridge also played a key role.

Its atomic facilities were vital for producing nuclear stockpiles and served as storage and recycling of nuclear fuel for weapons. After spending a year learning reactor technology in Oak Ridge after World War II, U.S. Navy Captain Hyman Rickover developed a fleet of nuclear-powered submarines and surface ships. Work from the U.S. Air Force launched three experimental reactors and the Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s first particle accelerators. In addition, its first computers were used for complex radiation and shielding calculations.

When many of our Cold War veterans returned from their service, they went back to their families, jobs and lives without public fanfare. Freedom is passed down from one generation to the next by the American patriots who are willing to stand between a threat and our civilian population. It is long overdue that our Cold War veterans receive the respect and recognition of our grateful nation.




Rep. Israel Resolution Honoring Cold War Veterans Passes in the House of Representatives.

Sunday March 21, 2010


Washington, DC– On Sunday, Rep. Steve Israel’s (D – Huntington) resolution honoring Cold War Veterans (H.Res.900) passed in the House of Representatives. The resolution supports the goals and ideals of a Cold War Veterans Recognition Day to honor the sacrifices and contributions made by members of the Armed Forces during the Cold War.

“Our Cold War Veterans answered President Kennedy’s call as we embarked on a path full of hazards. They maintained and defended missile silos and checkpoints. They served on remote B-52 bomber bases and storm-tossed Navy ships. And when they returned, there were no parades, no public thanks, they went quietly into their jobs,” said Rep. Israel. “Today we say thank you to our Cold War Veterans who kept the world safe, who kept the peace, who saved the world from an unimaginable nuclear catastrophe.”

Rep. Israel has been an advocate for veterans, securing more than $3.4 million in back payments for Long Island veterans, supporting improvements for veterans health care and other veterans benefits, and introducing legislation to help homeless veterans.

Rep. Israel serves on the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Military Construction and Veterans Affairs. He previously served on the House Armed Services Committee.







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HRES 496 EH

H. Res. 496

In the House of Representatives, U. S.,

July 29, 2009.

Whereas November 9, 2009, marks the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall and the symbolic end of the Cold War;

Whereas the Cold War was an enduring struggle between communism and democracy throughout the second half of the 20th century;

Whereas the last United States President to speak at the Brandenburg Gate prior to the destruction of the Berlin Wall was President Ronald Reagan, who, in June 1987, stated, `General Secretary Gorbachev, if you seek peace, if you seek prosperity for the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe, if you seek liberalization: Come here to this gate! Mr. Gorbachev, open this gate! Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!';

Whereas two years later, in September 1989, protests that the East Germans called the `Peaceful Revolution' broke out, with protestors at first chanting `We want out!', and then gradually changing that protest cry to `We're staying here!', demonstrating their desire for democracy in their part of Germany;

Whereas on November 9, 1989, in response to protests that had grown to include over 1,000,000 people in Berlin's Alexanderplatz, Gunter Schabowski, the communist East German Minister of Propaganda, announced that the border would be opened for `private trips abroad';

Whereas thousands of people in East Berlin immediately flooded the checkpoints at the Berlin Wall and demanded entry into West Berlin causing the overwhelmed East German Border Guards to open the border checkpoints to allow people to cross into West Berlin;

Whereas people in West Berlin enthusiastically greeted those coming across from East Berlin, dancing atop the Berlin Wall and hammering chunks out of it until a section opened through which more East Germans walked and shouted out `Freedom! Freedom! Just once, Freedom!';

Whereas over 400,000,000 people were freed from the bondage of communism at the end of the Cold War in Russia, Belarus, Ukraine, Moldova, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, East Germany, Poland, Hungary, Czechoslovakia, Romania, Bulgaria, Latvia, Estonia, and Lithuania;

Whereas the victory of the United States in the Cold War will signify freedom from oppression for decades to come;

Whereas Berlin, Germany, will celebrate the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall with the `Festival of Freedom'; and

Whereas the fall of the Berlin Wall was one of the most significant events of the 20th century and symbolized the triumph of democracy over communism: Now, therefore, be it

Resolved, That the House of Representatives--
(1) recognizes the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall;
(2) celebrates 20 years of freedom from the bondage of communism with the people of the former communist countries; and
(3) acknowledges the symbolic triumph of democracy over communism.




WASHINGTON – Yesterday, on the 56th anniversary of National Korean War Veterans Armistice Day, President Barack Obama signed H.R. 2632, the Korean War Veterans Recognition Act. The bill, sponsored by Rep. Charles Rangel (D-NY), adds National Korean War Veterans Armistice Day to the list of days on which the display of the flag of the United States is especially encouraged.

President Obama said, “The freedom, security and prosperity that we enjoy as a nation exists only because of the heroic and selfless sacrifices of America’s servicemen and women. Today, we owe special remembrance to the veterans of the Korean War, and especially the United States and allied combatants who made the ultimate sacrifice in Korea. For their courageous actions in pursuit of freedom and democracy for the Korean peninsula, these dedicated men and women deserve our unending respect and gratitude.”
President Barack Obama signs H.R. 2632, the Korean War Veterans Recognition Act, in the Oval Office Monday, July 27, 2009.


Congress passed Law 111-11 which includes (Section 7210) - COLD WAR SITES THEME STUDY.

PUBLIC LAW 111–11undefinedMAR. 30, 2009 123 STAT. 991 Public Law 111–11 111th Congress An Act To designate certain land as components of the National Wilderness Preservation System, to authorize certain programs and activities in the Department of the Interior and the Department of Agriculture, and for other purposes. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE; TABLE OF CONTENTS. (a) SHORT TITLE.undefinedThis Act may be cited as the ‘‘Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009’’.
Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009

SEC. 7210. <<NOTE: 16 USC 1a-5 note.>>  COLD WAR SITES THEME STUDY.

    (a) Definitions.--
            (1) Advisory committee.--The term ``Advisory Committee''
        means the Cold War Advisory Committee established under
        subsection (c).
            (2) Secretary.--The term ``Secretary'' means the Secretary
        of the Interior.
            (3) Theme study.--The term ``theme study'' means the
        national historic landmark theme study conducted under
        subsection (b)(1).

    (b) Cold War Theme Study.--
            (1) In general.--The Secretary shall conduct a national
        historic landmark theme study to identify sites and resources in
        the United States that are significant to the Cold War.
            (2) Resources.--In conducting the theme study, the Secretary
        shall consider--
                    (A) the inventory of sites and resources associated
                with the Cold War completed by the Secretary of Defense
                under section 8120(b)(9) of the Department of Defense
                Appropriations Act, 1991 (Public Law 101-511; 104 Stat.
                1906); and
                    (B) historical studies and research of Cold War
                sites and resources, including--
                          (i) intercontinental ballistic missiles;
                          (ii) flight training centers;
                          (iii) manufacturing facilities;
                          (iv) communications and command centers (such
                      as Cheyenne Mountain, Colorado);
                          (v) defensive radar networks (such as the
                      Distant Early Warning Line);
                          (vi) nuclear weapons test sites (such as the
                      Nevada test site); and
                          (vii) strategic and tactical aircraft.
            (3) Contents.--The theme study shall include--
                    (A) recommendations for commemorating and
                interpreting sites and resources identified by the theme
                study, including--
                          (i) sites for which studies for potential
                      inclusion in the National Park System should be
                      authorized;
                          (ii) sites for which new national historic
                      landmarks should be nominated; and
                          (iii) other appropriate designations;

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                    (B) recommendations for cooperative agreements
                with--
                          (i) State and local governments;
                          (ii) local historical organizations; and
                          (iii) other appropriate entities; and
                    (C) an estimate of the amount required to carry out
                the recommendations under subparagraphs (A) and (B).
            (4) Consultation.--In conducting the theme study, the
        Secretary shall consult with--
                    (A) the Secretary of the Air Force;
                    (B) State and local officials;
                    (C) State historic preservation offices; and
                    (D) other interested organizations and individuals.
            (5) Report.--Not later than 3 years after the date on which
        funds are made available to carry out this section, the
        Secretary shall submit to the Committee on Natural Resources of
        the House of Representatives and the Committee on Energy and
        Natural Resources of the Senate a report that describes the
        findings, conclusions, and recommendations of the theme study.

    (c) Cold War Advisory Committee.--
            (1) Establishment.--As soon as practicable after funds are
        made available to carry out this section, the Secretary shall
        establish an advisory committee, to be known as the ``Cold War
        Advisory Committee'', to assist the Secretary in carrying out
        this section.
            (2) Composition.--The Advisory Committee shall be composed
        of 9 members, to be appointed by the Secretary, of whom--
                    (A) 3 shall have expertise in Cold War history;
                    (B) 2 shall have expertise in historic preservation;
                    (C) 1 shall have expertise in the history of the
                United States; and
                    (D) 3 shall represent the general public.
            (3) Chairperson.--The Advisory Committee shall select a
        chairperson from among the members of the Advisory Committee.
            (4) Compensation.--A member of the Advisory Committee shall
        serve without compensation but may be reimbursed by the
        Secretary for expenses reasonably incurred in the performance of
        the duties of the Advisory Committee.
            (5) Meetings.--On at least 3 occasions, the Secretary (or a
        designee) shall meet and consult with the Advisory Committee on
        matters relating to the theme study.

    (d) <<NOTE: Deadline.>>  Interpretive Handbook on the Cold War.--Not
later than 4 years after the date on which funds are made available to
carry out this section, the Secretary shall--
            (1) <<NOTE: Publication.>>  prepare and publish an
        interpretive handbook on the Cold War; and
            (2) disseminate information in the theme study by other
        appropriate means.

    (e) Authorization of Appropriations.--There are authorized to be
appropriated to carry out this section $500,000.


National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2002

The NDAA 2002 was passed by congress October 2001 signed into Law Dec. 28 2001, In the NDAA that was approved by both houses, signed into law by the President(George W. Bush), was the Sense of Congress to authorize the Campaign Medal for service in the Cold War. (The Medal was NOT created by the SECDEF).

115 STAT. 1118 PUBLIC LAW 107–107 DEC. 28, 2001 - 2002NDAA.pdf


 
 
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