Proclamation number 2008-002

WHEREAS, the Silver Star Families of America was founded to remember, honor and assist the wounded and ill of our Armed Forces and,

WHEREAS, our mission mandates that we act as an advocate for our wounded and ill and,

WHEREAS, the membership of the Silver Star Families of America do not believe that Post Traumatic Stress or PTS (D) is a disorder and,

WHEREAS, the membership of the Silver Star Families of America believe that PTS is a wound of the mind and,

WHEREAS, at this time there is no visual way for first responders to identify those wounded with PTS/TBI and,

WHEREAS, we feel that for the safety of all concerned, a form of identification for those wounded with PTS/TBI would benefit the first responders and the wounded,


That the membership hereby recommends that the (D) in Post Traumatic Stress be dropped from official use and that a policy be drawn up to provide those wounded with PTS/TBI an identification card so indicating and that training guidelines on dealing with PTS/TBI wounded be included in first responder training. 

The membership and Board of Directors herby directs that this Resolution and a sample policy on the issuing of identification cards to our wounded be delivered to the Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs as soon as possible.

Approved as amended by the membership and the Board of Directors on this date, the year of our Lord 2008.

     WHEREAS, badges/insignia are awarded upon completion of a prescribed course of training and reflect a high degree of skill and proficiency.  Some badges/insignia are awarded to show performance under combat or hazardous circumstances and certain ones may be assigned a point value and assist in advancement; and

     WHEREAS, the U.S. Navy awards badges/insignia for the following: Combat Crew Insignia; Naval Aviation Supply; Aviation Experimental Psychologist; Aviation Psychologist; Aviation Warfare Specialist; Submarine Medical Insignia; Submarine Engineering Duty Insignia; Submarine Supply Corps Insignia; Submarine Combat Patrol Insignia; SSBN Deterrent Patrol Insignia; Surface Warfare Insignia; Surface Supply Corps Insignia; Command at Sea Insignia; Command Ashore/Project Manager Insignia; Craftmaster, Small Craft Insignia; Special Operations Insignia and Special Warfare Insignia; and

     WHEREAS, the U.S. Army and U.S. Navy both award the identical Diver insignia/badge, Scuba Diver insignia/badge, Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) insignia/badge and Basic Parachutist Badge the aforementioned insignia/badges are awarded at three levels denoting the basic, senior and master qualification levels; and

     WHEREAS, the U.S. Army awards the Expert Medical Badge to a Army medic who has demonstrated a high degree of medical skill and passed a number of required tests and an Army medic may be awarded the prestigious Combat Medic Badge for having performed his duties in combat; and

     WHEREAS, U.S. Navy hospital corpsmen attend a basic Hospital Corps School and may later attend the difficult Field Medical Service School (FMSS) for preparation for service with the Fleet Marine Force and some may perform their skills in combat and there is no recognition of their accomplishments as their U.S. Army counterparts.  The U.S. Navy hospital corpsmen should receive the same recognition as his U.S. Army medical counterpart; now, therefore

     BE IT RESOLVED, by the Silver Star Families of America, that we recommend the U.S. Navy authorizes a Navy Expert Medical Badge for all U.S. Navy personnel completing the Field Medical Service School (FMSS) and a subsequent qualifying examination, and authorize a prestigious Navy Combat Medical Badge for hospital corpsman performing their duties with a U.S. Marine Corps Infantry unit during combat.  The qualifying time periods would be the same as the U.S. Armys covering WW II, Korea, Vietnam and other conflicts. 


The intent of this resolution is:

     To have Department of Navy create and award both an Expert Medical Badge and a Combat Medical Badge to qualified Navy hospital corpsmen.

APPROVED AS AMENDED by the membership and the Board of Directors of the Silver Star Families of America on ___________.

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