2010-12-26

dee_burris: (Default)
2010-12-26 08:11 pm

Military Monday: Dancing by the mailbox...

With anticipation that's hard to conceal, I imagine.

My parents.

Okay, they won't be dancing. But they'll still be waiting.

For Paul Pettit's bronze star.

And all his other awards.

We got the news by phone on December 20 last week from Senator Mark Pryor's office. We started off with Congressman Vic Snyder's office, but his liaison to Veteran's Affairs didn't want the request or supporting paperwork to get lost in the shuffle of the incoming freshman Congressman that won Vic's seat.

From the day we started with the inquiry until Sen Pryor's office called last Monday was 2 months and 4 days. Not bad for a federal bureaucracy that seems as if it can't find it with both hands lately.

Of course, it is nearly 47 years after he died, but I doubt Paul knew he was eligible for the medal.

I think that it would be fair to say that this was an educational experience for all concerned...

Will post photos when they are available. I understand the Army does these things up right.