Medal of Honor group has no comment on if Williams will stay on board
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The Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation won’t comment on whether Brian Williams, one of its board members, will continue in his role there.

Critics, including prominent veterans service organizations, have condemned the “NBC Nightly News” anchor, after Williams admitted Wednesday that he was not aboard a U.S. Army helicopter forced down by enemy fire in 2003.

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“I made a mistake in recalling the events of 12 years ago,” Williams, 55, told viewers as he recanted the original account, which he had retold several times throughout the last decade.

The American Legion, an organization of wartime veterans, called the longtime journalist's actions “reprehensible.”

Williams is a board member for the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation, a position that is touted in his official NBC News biography. “We have no comment at this time,” Kristine Hamilton, the nonprofit’s vice president of finance and administration, told ITK, before referring us to the group's president.

The Medal of Honor is the country’s highest military honor and is awarded to those who go “beyond the call of duty while engaged in an action against an enemy of the United States,” according to the Army.

Williams appeared in a 2009 video produced by the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation, detailing the history of the medal, which has been bestowed on fewer than 3,500 individuals. “Despite its rarity, the ideals it symbolizes are alive in each and every person who serves this nation in uniform,” Williams said, “Namely, the capacity for courage, selflessness, and sacrifice that are the hallmarks of service.”

Part of the mission of the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation, according to the group’s website, is to “promote American qualities of courage, sacrifice and patriotism through increased awareness, education, behavior and example.”

The foundation’s president did not immediately return a request for comment.