The Georgia National Guard Medal For Valor honors Georgia National Guard members who, in the course of serving the state, perform an outstanding act of courage exceeding normal expectations, which may involve the risk of life. The award is not given for federal service or wartime service; to be eligible, service must have been carried out on or after January 1, 1955.
The Georgia National Guard consists of the Georgia Army National Guard and the Georgia Air National Guard, which are currently estimated to number 11,100 and 3,000 members respectively. The Army component, headquartered in Marietta, traces its roots back to 1751 militia activity in Savannah. The Air component was formed officially in May of 1948, although its origins lie in the 840th Aero Squadron, a non-flying unit that supported World War I efforts; the Air guard is based in Brunswick, Georgia.
The medal is in the shape of a cross with three-pointed ends and a round, ridged backing. The center features the image of the State Seal and the words “STATE OF GEORGIA.” The ribbon is red with one gray and one white vertical stripe on each edge proceeding inward.