Here comes the media, claiming that the brother of the terrorist from San Barnardino is a Navy veteran, decorated for his role in the war on terror. They make it seem as though he was out killing terrorists with his bare hands, but the NY Daily News lists his awards:
Good conduct medal
Serve four years without getting in trouble, and you get this one.
National Defense Service Medal:
Everyone in the military since 9/11 gets this one.
Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal:
This one is given to the members of any unit that was within the theater of operations.
Global War on Terror Service Medal
All military who deploy to the Middle East get this one.
Sea Service Deployment Ribbon
This one means his ship was away from its home port for 90 days or more. Pretty much everyone in the Navy who is assigned to a ship gets this one.
He served from 2003 to 2007. His awards were the equivalent of a participation trophy. The first two are give to pretty much everyone, and the last three were because the ship he was assigned to (the USS Enterprise) went to the Persian Gulf in 2004. He got those medals along with the other 10,000 people on the ships in that battle group. This is not some set of awards for heroic actions. He was never within a thousand miles of a terrorist, with the exception of his brother.
This is spin by the media to distract us from what his brother did, and to make us all believe that this was not the act of terrorist Muslims.