Veterans receive Medal of Honor

  • From left, Medal of Honor recipients Staff Sergeant Melvin Morris, Sergeant First Class Jose Rodela and Specialist Four Santiago Erevia stand after being awarded the Medal of Honor for actions during the Vietnam War during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House in Washington on March 18, 2014. Obama awarded the Medal of Honor to 24 veterans, 3 of whom are still living, who fought in World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War, most of whom were previously denied the prestigious honor due to their Hispanic, black or Jewish backgrounds. SAUL LOEB / AFP/Getty Images

  • Mary Morris helps her husband, U.S. Army Staff Sgt. (Ret.) Melvin Morris, of Port St. John, Fla., a Vietnam War veteran, with his uniform as they prepare to make their way to the White House on March 18, 2014. Melvin Morris and two others are the only living soldiers who will be honored with 21 others today at the White House by President Barack Obama with the Medal of Honor. Joe Raedle / Getty Images

  • U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Melvin Morris, left, a Vietnam War veteran from Florida, and U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Christopher Schneider, from U.S. Army Old Guard, 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment, prepare his uniform before heading to the White House on March 18, 2014. Morris and two others are the only living soldiers who will be honored with 21 others today at the White House by President Barack Obama with the Medal of Honor. Joe Raedle / Getty Images

  • U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Christopher Schneider, from U.S. Army Old Guard, 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment, uses a lint roller on the uniform of U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Melvin Morris, right, a Vietnam War veteran, as they prepare to make their to the White House on March 18, 2014. Morris and two others are the only living soldiers who will be honored with 21 others today at the White House by President Barack Obama with the Medal of Honor. Joe Raedle / Getty Images

  • President Barack Obama awards the Medal of Honor to Staff Sergeant Melvin Morris, of Florida, for actions in the Vietnam War during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House in Washington on March 18, 2014. SAUL LOEB / AFP/Getty Images

  • U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Melvin Morris, a Vietnam War veteran from Port St. John, Fla., receives the Medal of Honor from President Barack Obama at the White House on March 18, 2014. Win McNamee / Getty Images

  • President Barack Obama awards the Medal of Honor to Specialist Four Santiago Erevia for actions in the Vietnam War during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House in Washington on March 18, 2014. SAUL LOEB / AFP/Getty Images

  • President Barack Obama awards the Medal of Honor to Sergeant First Class Jose Rodela for actions in the Vietnam War during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House in Washington on March 18, 2014. SAUL LOEB / AFP/Getty Images