10 U.S. Code § 1135 - Replacement of military decorations
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(a) Replacement.— 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—
(1) 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
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