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MLive: Congressional approval puts veteran one step closer to Medal of Honor
The effort to honor an 85-year-old Ypsilanti veteran for his heroic 1967 actions that saved eight men's lives in Vietnam took a big step forward Friday when Congress approved a critical piece of legislation needed for him to receive the Medal of Honor.
Congressional approval was needed because the statute of limitations for a Medal of Honor is five years. Rep. Debbie Dingell, Sen. Gary Peters and Sen. Debbie Stabenow introduced legislation to suspend the limitation several weeks ago, but it ended up included in the spending bill. If President Obama signs the bill, as expected, then he will next decide whether to approve Maj. Charles Kettles, a helicopter commander, for the U.S. Military's highest decoration.
There's no timeline in place for that, but those involved with the effort are confident Obama will do so, and Defense Secretary Ash Carter is recommending approval.
"Major Kettles is a true American hero who courageously risked his life to ensure no soldier was left behind," Dingell said. "His bravery, determination and unwavering commitment to his fellow service members exemplify the highest values of the United States military, and it has been my honor to work with Senator Peters and Senator Stabenow to ensure his contributions to our country are properly honored."
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