The President, in the name of Congress, has awarded more than 3,500 Medals of Honor to our nation's bravest Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines, and Coast Guardsmen since the award was created in 1861.
Medal of Honor recipients receive the following privileges and special benefits:
- A Special Medal of Honor pension of $1,388.68 per month above and beyond any military pensions or other benefits for which they may be eligible
- Special entitlements to Space “A” air transportation
- Enlisted recipients are entitled to a supplemental uniform allowance
- Commissary and exchange privileges (includes eligible dependents)
- Admission to the United States military academies for qualified children of recipients – without nomination and quota requirements
- 10 percent increase in retired pay
- Medal of Honor Flag
- May wear the uniform at anytime as long as the standard restrictions are observed
- Many states offer Medal of Honor automobile license plates and other benefits
- Interment at Arlington National Cemetery if not otherwise eligible
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