I wrote to the IDPF and NPRC (twice) trying to get a Citation for a Navy Cross for one of my cousins. I had a hard time because I was not an unremarried widow/widower, son, daughter, father, mother, sister or brother.I am an 8th cousin...so not a direct relation.
I explained to them cousin was not married and had no children, his parents and brother were deceased.I was it, an 8th cousin. Told them I wanted Citation to include cousin in Doug Sterner's Home-of-Heroes internet site and family military history and not for any nefarious reasons.
Someone suggested that if I did not get a favorable response I should take it up with my Congressman.
After a few months my request was granted.Included with the Citation was a photocopy of cousin, which really was of interest to me.