The following is a list of frequently asked questions, and their answers, which were received by the National Medal of Valor Office about the Public Safety Officer Medal of Valor (MOV) and its nominations. The National Medal of Valor Office advises recommending officials to review the information below before completing a nomination form.
See the All Medal of Valor Recipients page.
For submission of supplemental documents, please mail to:
National Medal of Valor Office
810 Seventh Street NW
Washington, DC 20531
The submission of additional supporting materials/files on behalf of Medal of Valor nominees is not required, but they may be emailed to Gregory Joy, Medal of Valor Designated Federal Officer at [email protected]. Should such files prove too large to email, please contact Mr. Joy and he may grant access to upload such materials to the Department of Justice JEFS account (secure online account). Note: supporting materials should not include personal identifying information (PII) (e.g., date of birth, social security number). Note that acceptable formats for documents and video files include: Word, WordPerfect, PDF, JPEG, GIF, PNG, MPG, WMV. At its discretion, the Board may also call for witness testimony.
On or about each May 31, the online Medal of Valor nomination system is opened to accept nominations for acts of valor that took place between June 1 of the prior year through May 31 of the current year. Nominations cannot be accepted for acts of valor that took place outside the current nomination period.
Yes, an agency may request that a nomination be removed from consideration. The agency may be asked to explain its rationale for making the request, and the request will be forwarded to the appropriate level of review based on the status of the nomination. Note: the removal of a nomination upon the request of the nominating agency is considered a final and irrevocable action.
No. All nominations must be submitted via the online nomination system.
The only exception that would allow for the submission of a nomination after the close of the submission period would be if the Medal of Valor Nomination System is confirmed to have had a system-related issue that prevented the submission of the specified nomination(s). Each successful nomination generates a confirmation email that is sent to the Recommending Official's email address. A nominating agency experiencing technical difficulties that prevented the submission of MOV nomination(s) can request consideration for the submission of a nomination following the close of the nomination period. It must submit that request within 48 hours of the close of the nomination period to the Designated Federal Officer for the Medal of Valor Program, Gregory Joy, at [email protected].