This isn't the first time the Obama administration has attempted to add a medal for drone warriors. Early in 2013, the administration considered making drone pilots, as well as troops tasked with cyber warfare, eligible for the Distinguished Warfare Medal. The award sits fourth-highest, after the Medal of Honor, a service-specific cross, and the silver star. The Air Force description of the medal notes it is "awarded to members of the United States Air Force who distinguished themselves by exceptionally meritorious service to the government in a duty of great responsibility, in combat or otherwise." Groups like the Veterans of Foreign Wars attacked the suggestion as awarding a combat medal to people not physically in combat (even if they might suffer mentally as though they were physically present), and so the Secretary of Defense withdrew the proposed change.