10 U.S. Code § 1135 - Replacement of military decorations
Replacement of military decorations
In addition to other authorities available to the Secretary concerned to replace a military decoration, the Secretary concerned shall replace, on a one-time basis and without charge, a military decoration upon the request of the recipient of the military decoration or the immediate next of kin of a deceased recipient.
(b)Prompt Replacement Required.—When a request for the replacement of a military decoration is received under this section or section 3747, 3751, 6253, 8747, or 8751 of this title, the Secretary concerned shall ensure that—
all actions to be taken with respect to the request, including verification of the service record of the recipient of the military decoration, are completed within one year; and
(c)Military Decoration Defined.—
In this section, the term “decoration” means any decoration or award (other than the medal of honor) that may be presented or awarded by the President or the Secretary concerned to a member of the armed forces.
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