Vietnam veterans can receive an official commemorative lapel pin and a certificate of honor for their service, during a June 2 public ceremony at Saint Philip AME Church on Candler Road.
All Georgia veterans with honorable service during the Vietnam War – from June 1, 1954 to May 15, 1975 – are eligible for the honor, including those who served in-country and in other capacities.
To receive a personalized certificate and lapel pin, presented by Georgia Department of Veterans Service Commissioner Mike Roby, veterans must sign up by May 30.
Those interested are urged to contact the veterans department by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org with their Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, also known as a DD 214 form; or fax their name, address, phone number and DD 214 form to 404-656-7006.
“It is never the wrong time to say thank you to a veteran, and that is especially true for so many Vietnam War veterans who were never properly thanked when they returned home,” Roby said. “We hope to eventually present every Georgia veteran with a certificate of honor recognizing their service during the Vietnam War.”
The 11 a.m. ceremony, at 240 Candler Rd in Decatur, is part of the U.S. Department of Defense’s 50th anniversary commemoration of the Vietnam War.
The personalized certificates – listing a veteran’s name, rank, branch of service and dates of service over the official Georgia seal – are signed by Roby as well as Gov. Nathan Deal, who partnered with the Georgia Department of Veterans Service to create the Vietnam War Certificate of Honor program.
The certificates also include the official U.S. Department of Defense’s Vietnam War Commemorative Partner logo, and veterans will receive the department’s Vietnam War 50th Anniversary Lapel Pin.
Since March 2015 over 21,500 honor certificates have been issued, and more than 16,900 have been personally presented in over 300 ceremonies across Georgia.
The Saint Philip AME Church ceremony is a collaborative effort between the Crusaders for Christ Ministry and the pastoral leadership of Saint Philip.
For more information contact Brian Zeringue at the Georgia Department of Veterans Service on 404-656-5933, or visit www.veterans.ga.gov.