Valor Medals Timeline
The Medal of Honor has undergone several changes since its creation in 1861. Beginning in the 1990s, Department of Defense leaders, as well as Presidents and Members of Congress from both sides of the political aisle, have united in a series of bipartisan efforts to ensure no veteran deserving a Medal of Honor was forgotten. Principally, these reviews have been for members of various groups who were denied the Medal of Honor owing to discrimination that existed when they performed their heroic actions. Unfortunately, World War 1 has been largely excluded from these reviews.