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Road to Honor: Veterans Ready for Medal Ceremony

U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Melvin Morris, a Vietnam War veteran, watches as U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Christopher Schneider, right, from U.S. Army Old Guard, 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment, inspects his uniform to prepare him for his visit to the White House on March 16 in Washington, D.C.Joe Raedle / Getty Images

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A group of Army veterans and their families journeyed to Washington, D.C., to receive the highest military honor many years after serving their country and after being initially denied in the process.

On Tuesday, President Barack Obama awarded the Medal of Honor to 24 Army veterans who were found to have been wrongly denied the award due to prejudice, following a congressionally mandated review.

The veterans received the Medal of Honor for conspicuous gallantry for action during major combat operations in World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War.

Above, U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Melvin Morris, a Vietnam War veteran, watches as U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Christopher Schneider, right, from U.S. Army Old Guard, 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment, inspects his uniform to prepare him for his visit to the White House on March 16 in Washington, D.C. Morris was one of three living soldiers to receive the medal on Tuesday.

Getty Images' Joe Raedle documented his road to the White House to receive long overdue honor and recognition.

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 U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Melvin Morris, a Vietnam War veteran, and his wife, Mary Morris, leave their house on their way to Washington, D.C., on March 16 in Cocoa, Fla. Joe Raedle / Getty Images
 Morris walks with his granddaughter, Symone Barnes, after they met President Barack Obama in the Oval Office and before a ceremony to award him the Medal of Honor on March 18 in Washington, D.C. Joe Raedle / Getty Images
 Morris walks with his family before a ceremony to receive the Medal of Honor in the White House on March 18, 2014 in Washington, D.C. Morris, U.S. Army Specialist Four (Ret.) Santiago J. Erevia and U.S. Army Sgt. First Class (Ret.) Jose Rodela were joined by families of 21 others who were presented posthumously with the Medal of Honor. Joe Raedle / Getty Images
 Medal of Honor recipient U.S. Army Sgt. First Class Jose Rodela, left, a Vietnam War veteran, sits next to Lenora Alvarado who wipes away tears after accepting the Medal of Honor on behalf of her father, Vietnam War veteran Specialist Four Leonard L. Alvarado, during a ceremony in the White House on March 18 in Washington, D.C. Joe Raedle / Getty Images
 President Barack Obama applauds Medal of Honor recipients Staff Sgt. Melvin Morris, left, Sergeant First Class Jose Rodela, second left, and Specialist Four Santiago Erevia, third left, for actions during the Vietnam War, during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House in Washington on March 18. SAUL LOEB / AFP - Getty Images

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