While we do not fully know how many men and women never received their medals, we do know there are many from every conflict since World War I.
This occurs for many reasons including: rapid de-mobilization; poor record keeping and inefficiency.
Still other veterans were evacuated from war zones due to injuries and their records were never forwarded to them while they were convalecing or returning home. Many Forgotten Heroes are discovered at presentation ceremony
ARE THERE REALLY THAT MANY FORGOTTEN HEROES?
HOW DOES THE PROGRAM WORK?
Through a variety of media sources, Veterans groups and Congressional offices, FHC is contacted by men and women who should have been awarded earned medals and other decorations by the United States or by foreign countries, but were never officially presented.
1. The Campaign provides the Veteran with the correct forms and informaiton, and conducts research to support the case for having the awards issued.
2. The campaign utilizes its extensive contacts within Congress and the Military to expedite the processing of these applications with the Veteran's Administration and Department of Defense.
3. Upon issuance the FHC will coordinate presenting the awards to the Veteran or his/her family in an appropriate ceremony.
If you know of a veteran who is missing any military awards including medals, please visit our contact page and submit an application form.
Forgotten Heroes Campaign directs searches for veterans who have honorably served their country, and presents them or their family member(s): medals; awards; ribbons and badges earned but never recieved. A public ceremony will be held to present the awards to the deserving veterans. The Forgotten Heroes Campaign also supports other Veteran's organizations.