Some veterans have said new legislation takes things too far to honor the former Navy SEAL, murdered in 2013.
History suggests the push faces significant challenges, especially in an era where it nearly always goes to a service member who performed a single, extraordinary act of valor.
Staff Sgt. Jeffery M. Dawson and Sgt. Bryan C. Anderson both received the Distinguished Service Cross, second only to the Medal of Honor in honoring heroism in combat by U.S. soldiers.
Master Sgt. Ivan Ruiz was driven to his belly by the sheer volume of fire he faced. But he refused to leave the courtyard, fearing that it would allow insurgents to open fire again on wounded U.S. soldiers.
'As I listened to what he said I began to tear up and his words instantly silenced all the questions in my head,' Meyer recalled.
The stillness scared me, it just felt wrong,” the survivor wrote on Reddit. “Then some rpgs and machine gun fire hit us all."
First Lt. Alonzo H. Cushing was bleeding profusely as thousands of Confederate infantrymen advanced on his artillery battery in the Battle of Gettysburg.
Medal of Honor recipient Kyle Carpenter jumped into the Marine Corps Marathon with a team of military veterans and a massive American flag.
Marine Cpl. Michael Egan wrote about his experience losing both legs on Checkpoint in June.
He joined the Army only after facing academic probation in college and frustrating his father, who was paying for his classes, he said.