Peralta’s Medal of Honor is long overdue while Swenson never received the thorough and unbiased review he deserved. There are others who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan who fit into these same categories, but a favorable decision for Peralta in particular will go a long way toward restoring credibility to a process that has failed to deliver the proper recognition for heroic acts worthy of the Medal of Honor.
In this election year, it will be interesting to see how Obama plays this, if at all. (Note: a good source of information on Will Swenson is from his friends at Team Ruptured Duck, who include this testimonial.)
Update: A partial collection of Captain Swenson's Band of Brothers reports that his recommendation, whatever it was, has been delivered on time:
Team Ruptured Duck has learned that Will’s recommendation for the Congressional Medal of Honor made it to the White House in time to meet the suspense. We have no indication of whether or not it was signed – or what happened to it after its arrival, but for our purposes it’s all the same. Our concern has been that Will might be denied the fair consideration he was denied before. As it appears, justice has finally been done.
Update: Finally, Captain Swenson is to receive the Medal of Honor.
Update: Captain Swenson received the Medal of Honor at a White House ceremony on 15 October 2013. The press, though, is still trying to milk some controversy from the account of the battle.