Medal Honor

The Medal of Honor is the highest military decoration awarded by the United States government recognizing members of the United States Armed Forces who distinguish themselves through, "conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his or her life above and beyond the call of duty while engaged in an action against an enemy of the United States." The Medal of Honor is bestowed upon an individual by the passing of a Joint Resolution in the United States Congress. The award is then personally presented to the recipient or, in the case of posthumous awards, to next of kin, by the President of the United States.