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Chapter 34

July 10, 2015
Posted at 4:25 pm

This chapter and the next few will deal with the aftermath of the last battle Grim and his minions were involved in. Not a lot to say, but it should be enjoyable. One of my readers pointed out the possibility of the Valorous Unit Award, which I had never heard of before. My research shows that it is quite possible that this award is legitimate.

According to Federal law:

"The VUA requires a lesser degree of gallantry, determination, and esprit de corps than that required for the Presidential Unit Citation. Nevertheless, the unit must have performed with marked distinction under difficult and hazardous conditions in accomplishing its mission so as to set it apart from and above other units participating in the same conflict. The degree of heroism required is the same as that which would warrant award of the Silver Star to an individual. Extended periods of combat duty or participation in a large number of operational missions, either ground or air is not sufficient. This award will normally be earned by units that have participated in single or successive actions covering relatively brief time spans."

The VUA is normally awarded to company or battalion level units, but has been given to smaller units. A fire team would be unusual, but it is considered a specific unit of organization in the official Table of Organization and Equipment. An important item to note is that this award is given for action over a short period of time, a specific battle or element of a campaign.

I learn stuff all the time when I'm writing!

- rlfj