Through its Military Department, the Office for War Veterans and Victims of Oppression participates in the honoring of merits in the struggle for Poland's independence, and also of merits to the veterans' circles. In the case of persons residing abroad, such tasks are performed in cooperation with the military attaché's offices and consulates of the Embassies of the Republic of Poland, which forward the motions for award of state and departamental decorations or officer's ranks.


Starting from 1992, decorations for particular war merits - the War Order Virtuti Militari, Cross of Valor and Cross of Merit with Swords, and starting from 1999 also the commemorative distinctions such as the Home Army Cross, Auschwitz Cross, Warsaw Rising Cross, Cross of the Polish Armed Forced in the West, are no longer awarded in Poland.


However, the Office for War Veterans and Victims of Oppression, through its Military Department and in cooperation with the Office of Staff and Decorations of the Office of the President and the Staff Department of the Ministry of National Defense, confirms the awarded war and military decorations on the basis of relevant documents, and also issues duplicates of lost or damaged holder's cards.


Today, the catalog of decorations includes the following: