‘15 years in the making:’ Iraq war hero to receive posthumous medal of honor
SEMINOLE COUNTY, Fla. – President Donald Trump signed legislation Friday to allow Iraq war hero Alwyn Cashe from Oviedo, to be awarded the medal of honor, a move that ends Cashe’s family and supporters 15-year quest to honor him with the nation’s highest military award. “I was excited, I was thrilled for the family,” Ed Burford, an Army veteran among supporters for the bill to pass, said. It took 15 years to upgrade his Silver Star to Medal of Honor.”It took 15 years for a president to sign the bill to posthumously award the Medal of Honor to Cashe for his acts of valor during Operation Iraqi Freedom while serving in the United States Army. In October 2005, Cashe was in a Bradley fighter vehicle in Iraq when a roadside bomb exploded nearby. “It won’t bring him back but it’s meaningful for the family, it’s closure that what he accomplished was noticed.