Veteran Received Medals in Mail; Ceremony Planned

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ALLEGAN, Mich. – After receiving his service medals in the mail, including two purple hearts, Jason Wright’s wife Amy was upset with how they were presented.

“I felt my husband deserved a proper ceremony to recognize what he sacrificed while he served his country,” Amy Wright said.

The couple sat down with FOX 17 in February to tell what had been done. “I was disrespected, and it felt like a spit in the face,” Jason said that day.

After getting her husband’s story out there, things began to change. “Anytime I’m out, I usually get someone that walks up to me, that I don’t even know, ‘Hey you’re the guy,’” he gestured.

People have been expressing their support and how proud they are of Wright’s service to our country.

The couple also heard from high ranking officials including Congressman Fred Upton’s office. They later had a conference call with the Department of Defense.

“I got to say what I felt. They did apologize. They did say that it slipped through the cracks,” Amy Wright said.

Soon after, plans for a ceremony began to take shape. After weeks of coordinating schedules with Upton’s office, everyone agreed Memorial Day would be a good day to meet at Allegan’s American Legion and give Wright what he deserves.

There will be a pinning ceremony at the cemetery following the parade.

“I have a huge amount of gratitude for Jason’s [Veteran Administration’s] rep, Jeremy. He has helped us out a lot with this,” Amy said.

“I’d like to say thank you to everybody in Fred Upton’s office, as well as him and the American Legion,” Jason said.

What felt like a spit in the face, now leaves Wright with a change of heart. He said he felt “gratification”.

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5 comments

  • Peter B

    This is so pathetic. Men and women coming back from active duty in a war zone without limbs or in a casket, and you're whining that nobody pinned your medals on your chest??? You and Fred Upton have fun at your little party this weekend, and the rest of the country will be honoring the soldiers who have given up their lives for this country.

  • Robert

    Peter,

    "whining"? Such action by the military described is contrary to guidelines. Military discipline and effectiveness is built on the foundation of obedience to orders. It's very important to follow directions, or else the military would be in chaos.

  • Robert

    “They did say that it slipped through the cracks,” Amy Wright said.”

    Simply put, they did not follow guidelines which clearly state requirement(s) to provide the veteran and/or NOK the option of how the awards and decorations are to be presented.

    I discovered the military is consistent today. They are allowing thousands of WWII veterans slip through the cracks by denying full recognition towards combat service. (Many who never returned to their country alive). Such action is a violation of the U.S. Constitution, and UCMJ Article 92. Failure to obey order or regulation. Furthermore, it is contrary to previous procedures applied by the USA, USAR post WWII to January 2003, and history of recipients they fought alongside.