U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu last week announced she is co-sponsoring legislation that would give medals to Cold War veterans.
To date, no medal exists to honor men and women who served during the Cold War.
"For 46 years, the United States and our allies engaged in a worldwide battle against communism," the Louisiana Democrat said in a statement. "During that time, countless Americans served in our nation's armed forces and played a critical role in maintaining our freedom."
The medals could be issued to any honorably discharged veteran who served on active duty for not less than two years or was deployed 30 days or more during the period from Sept. 2, 1945, to Dec. 26, 1981.
The legislation would also expedite the creation of the medal.