Over 3,500 armed service members have received the Medal of Honor, the U.S. military’s highest and most prestigious decoration. Each recipient has a story of bravery, once bestowed, they receive a lifetime of benefits, including a monthly stipend. Military careers are accelerated, and their children are allowed admission to the U.S. Military Academy. Yet, some of these military heroes were denied the Medal of Honor and its benefits due to their race, ethnicity or religion. In 2014, the U.S. Congress and President Barrack Obama worked to right those wrongs by awarding the Medal to 24 Veterans, including Staff Sgt. Melvin Morris, 44 years after he was recommended.

Hear Morris’ story of bravery during the Vietnam War that earned him the Medal of Honor.

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