March 18 - Obama awards 24 Medals of Honor to veterans from World War Two, Korea and Vietnam. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
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STORY: Two dozen U.S. Army veterans received the country's top military honor at the White House on Tuesday (March 18) for acts of bravery in World War Two, Korea and Vietnam, as part of an effort to recognize those whose service may have been ignored because of their race or religion.
President Barack Obama awarded the medals recognizing the 24 Hispanic, African-American and Jewish-Americans veterans - the largest group of soldiers to be honored for the award since World War Two - as part of a review of certain veterans' war records.
Three of the men honored are still living and were present at the White House to accept the blue ribbon from the president.
Obama said the review was part of a year-long effort to restore dignity to service members despite past prejudice or discrimination.
The three living veterans on hand to accept their award were Melvin Morris of Florida, and Jose Rodela and Santiago Erevia of Texas.
The awards followed a 2002 law authorizing a review of war records for Americans who are Jewish or Hispanic. As part of the effort, records of other service members who were overlooked have also emerged.
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