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LIVE: Obama awards Medal of Honor

President Obama will award the Medal of Honor to 24 Army veterans, including 19 Jewish, Hispanic and African-American veterans previously overlooked because of their ethnicity.

The act is the culmination of a 12-year Pentagon review ordered by Congress into whether some Hispanic and Jewish service members were discriminated against in the awarding of the Medal of Honor between 1941 and 2001, The Washington Post reported

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The two dozen veterans will be awarded an upgrade from the Distinguished Service Cross to the Medal of Honor for their acts of valor.  

The award ceremony will mark the largest batch of Medal of Honor recipients since World War II. The recipients' service spans World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War. Only three of those to be honored are alive.