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Secretary of the Army Award for Valor

  1. The Secretary of the Army Award for Valor is established to acknowledge acts of heroism or bravery connected with an Army employee or Army activity, or that in some way benefit the Army.
  2. To be eligible for this award, the nominee must have distinguished himself or herself by exhibiting great courage or sacrifice involving heroism or bravery. The performance of the act must be evidenced by voluntary action above and beyond the call of duty. The act may be recognized if it is connected with an Army employee or Army activity, or if the Army in some way benefits from it. Awards will be made only to recognize single acts of heroism or bravery and will not be made in recognition of activities or conflict with an armed enemy. The nominee must have been in a situation involving personal hazard or danger and the voluntary risk of life, on or off the job. Awards will not be made solely on the basis of having saved a life. Nominations must be well documented with information.
  3. Only one medal is authorized for multiple acts of heroism during a single incident.
  4. The medal may be awarded posthumously and, when so awarded, may be presented to a representative of the deceased individual's Family.
  5. The SecArmy is the approval authority for this award. All nominations will be reviewed by the AIAB for recommendation to approve, disapprove, or return for additional information.
  6. The award consists of a gold medal and certificate (DA Form 7498 (Secretary of the Army Award for Valor)) signed by the SecArmy.

Content last reviewed: 09/02/2014-JH

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