Veteran miffed after congressman passes on medal ceremony
RED BANK, HAMILTON COUNTY (WRCB) – A Sequatchie man is both grateful and disappointed after a congressman helped him get an award he earned in Iraq.
Sloane Drouillard is a barber in Red Bank.
Five and a half years ago, he was a member of the Tennessee National Guard's 278th Regimental Combat Team, when his company came under enemy fire.
By his reckoning, and army regulations, that qualified every guard member involved for the Combat Infantry Badge.
This year, he asked Congressman Lincoln Davis for help cutting the red tape.
Last month, the army told him he qualified.
Last week, his badge came in the mail.
He's upset that the congressman didn't schedule a formal ceremony.
"It's worn above every single medal and decoration in the U.S. Army," says Sloane Drouillard. "It absolutely is deserving of a ceremony and that's what the Department of the Army's directive was to Lincoln Davis, was to present this in a formal manner.
Congressman Davis lost his bid for re-election earlier this month.
His Washington and district offices have been un-reachable Tuesday.
But a public affairs spokesman for the Tennessee Adjutant General says the units themselves generally handle such presentations.