Bordallo Discusses AAPI Medal of Honor Review with DOD Leadership
Washington, D.C. - Congresswoman Madeleine Z. Bordallo today met with Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness Robert Wilkie to discuss the status of the Department’s review of Asian American and Pacific Islander veterans who may be eligible for the Medal of Honor.
Retired Colonel Danny Santos raised several cases of possible Medal of Honor discrepancies on Guam with Congresswoman Bordallo in 2016. As a result, Congresswoman Bordallo authored a provision enacted in the Fiscal Year 2017 National Defense Authorization Act requiring the DOD to review service records of Asian American and Pacific Islander war veterans to determine whether they should be awarded the Medal of Honor. Under Secretary Wilkie has responsibility over the DOD-wide review, and he assured Congresswoman Bordallo that he would follow the progress of the review of AAPI veterans’ records.
“Some Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) veterans of the Korean and Vietnam wars may have been overlooked for awards of the Medal of Honor. Today I discussed with DoD leadership the Department’s progress in reviewing service records of AAPIs who may be eligible, and I am pleased each of the services are actively engaged in rectifying any errors that may have been made. While the review process it on-going, I am committed to holding DoD accountable and ensuring the provision I authored in the FY17 defense bill is carried out appropriately.”