If you sent the paper work to St. Louis. You would get medals along with the ribbons. Each veteran is intitled to one free replacement for their medals. I wouldn't call these places that sell medals bogus. You can go to any military base and purchase them. That is if you have an ID to get on. Some of these people have lost theirs or thrown them away. You can go to antique stores and find these medals that they want $30 and $40 for them and they can be purchase for $6.50 at any army navy base. I had mine replaced because they were getting worn and dirty.