RAO Davao City

United States Military Retiree Activities Office Davao City, Philippines


Posted by Service Officer on June 14th, 2008

There has been some confusion concerning what is a decoration for Valor in combat to support PTSD claims filed due to combat. The decorations on the below list are the only decorations recognized for Valor in combat. If the Veteran has one of these decorations, he (or she) does not need a diagnosis of PTSD, as exposure to combat is conceded by the VA. They only need to complete VA form 21-0781 detailing stressful incidences to the best of their ability, and provide a “Stressor Statement” detailing the symptoms they’re experiencing (see attached list). There can be other acceptable evidence in the form of official Unit Records, Diaries and Ship’s Deck Logs on occasion.


• Air Force Cross

• Air Medal with “V” Device

• Army Commendation Medal with “V” Device

• Bronze Star Medal with “V” Device

• Combat Action Badge

• Combat Action Ribbon (Note: Prior to FEB 69, the Navy Achievement Medal with “V” Device was awarded.)

• Combat Aircrew Insignia

• Combat Infantry/Infantryman Badge

• Combat Medical Badge

• Distinguished Flying Cross

• Distinguished Service Cross

• Joint Service Commendation Medal with “V” Device

• Medal of Honor

• Navy Commendation Medal with “V” Device

• Navy Cross

• Purple Heart, and/or

• Silver Star.

[Source: VFW VSO Scott H. Langhoff article 15 May 08 ++]

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