A new U.S. medal and highest honor to an animal for bravery in both war and peace was instituted in Washington, DC on Capitol Hill on November 14, 2019 during the Inaugural Animals in War and Peace Medal Ceremony.
The Medal of Bravery is awarded to animals conspicuously distinguishing themselves by displaying gallantry and acts of valor within the performance of their duties.
There must be no margin of doubt or possibility of error in awarding this honor. To justify the award, the animal’s service must clearly be rendered conspicuous above his or her expectations by an act so outstanding that it clearly distinguishes his or her gallantry beyond the call of duty from lesser forms of bravery.
The act or execution of duty must be performed in the presence of great danger, or at great risk, and must be performed in such a manner as to set them apart from their fellow working or service animals.
The high standards demanded must be borne in mind when recommending the award.
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