Proper protocol

03/20/2014 5:56 PM

03/20/2014 5:57 PM

In the Life & Arts section of the March 13 Star-Telegram, “Added details” has a paragraph titled “Button up.”

That paragraph along with pictures suggested and encouraged readers to sew/apply military buttons, chevrons, medals and patches to their clothing.

This is in direct violation of military regulations and protocol.

Military medals and chevrons, as well as buttons from authorized military uniforms, are not to be worn on civilian dress.

There is an exception to this: The mini-shape (small) medal may be worn on the lapel of a civilian suit or sport coat. Also, the Medal of Honor may be worn at any time with any apparel by the recipient.

— Donald W. Grannan, Benbrook

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