But there was no medal. Just a certificate and a form stating that the medal was "out of stock."
"I can imagine, of course, with what's going on in Iraq and Afghanistan, there's a big shortage," Reed said. "At least, I would imagine so."
The Navy told him he could wait 90-days and resubmit his paperwork or he could buy his own from a private supplier. Mr Reed paid $42 for his medal -- plus state sales tax.