U.S. Rep. Ron Kind, D-La Crosse, has introduced the Honoring Our Heroes Act, which allows family members within four generations of a veteran to apply for replacement medals once all immediate family have passed away.
This bill comes after an Eau Claire County resident reached out to Rep. Kind’s office after having problems getting her great-uncle’s Purple Heart.
“I have long said that the best ideas for bills come directly from Wisconsinites, and this bill is a great example of that,” Kind said. “After hearing Tari’s story I am proud to make sure that no other family is denied their loved ones service medals simply because of an arbitrary rule.”
The legislation was inspired by Tari Poulda of Eau Claire, whose great-uncle, Bruce Bradley, died during the Pearl Harbor attack on the USS Arizona.
Though Bradley and his family received a posthumous Purple Heart, the medal had been misplaced in the early 2000s.
Poulda worked with caseworkers in Kind’s office, and ultimately the White House granted her an exception to the current law.