The ''Cold War Service'' Medal is a unique Award of The US Armed Forces. Officially seen as a ''Commemorative'' Medal (which means it is not an official present of The US Government, but may be purchased privately and worn as such by qualifying Service Members. The Award was deemed needed by several US Presidents and other Congressmen who saw it vital to recognize those US Servicemen who served between 1954 and 1993 in all branches of The Armed Forced . However, some felt that the long period of service deemed ''The Cold War'' (which was undeclared between The United States and The Soviet Union) would create undue benefit cost as a War – would be created. Despite this, several US State Army National Guard Units authorize The Ribbon for official wear. The issuance is still actively debated in Congress for official recognition. It it's most recognized form, The Cold war Service medal features a Bronze Metal (Front), showing Liberty Reclined. The words ''Promoting Peace and Stability'' appear to Her Right. The Ribbon is White in it's entirety, with Gold, Green, Black, and Red Striping. Any Active Duty Serviceman of The US Armed Forces (and it's Reserve Components), can wear The Medal, regardless of ''active'' combat conditions or not. The same is applied to any Civilian so employed by The US Armed Forces between the Period declared.