Vietnam veterans in Muscogee and surrounding counties will get a long overdue recognition for their service during a program at Fourth Street Baptist Church, the Georgia Department of Veteran Service announced.
The program, sponsored by the nonprofit organization “Friends and Veterans On the Rise,” is set for 2 p.m. Aug. 12 at 222 Fifth St. To receive a certificate and lapel pin, each Vietnam veteran must sign up by Aug. 2 for a State Certificate of Honor and Defense Department’s Commemorative Lapel Pin for honorable military service during the Vietnam War.
State Sen. Ed Harbison, a Vietnam veteran who served in the Marines, and Georgia Commissioner of Veterans Service MIke Roby will present the certificates and lapel pins.
“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 in a release. “We hope to eventually present every Georgia veteran with a Certificate of Honor recognizing their service during the Vietnam War.”
If you are a Vietnam veteran and want to take part in the ceremony, you may contact the Georgia Department of Veteran Service’s central office by email to firstname.lastname@example.org with their DD form 214 attached or fax information with name, address and phone number to 404-656-7006. It should be marked “FAVOR of West Ga C&P Ceremony.” For more information, call public information officer Brian Zeringue at 404-656-5933. Veterans may also contact Charles Williams at 706-315-0900.
Georgia veterans with honorable service from June 1, 1954, to May 15, 1975, are eligible for the honor. It includes those who served in the country and those who served in other capacities. The recognition is part of the U.S. Department of Defense 50th Anniversary Commemoration of the Vietnam War. The Certificate of Honor was created in a partnership between Georgia Department of Veteran Service and the office of Gov. Nathan Deal.
The veteran service has issued more than 18,300 certificates since March 2015 with more than 14,800 presented in an estimated 260 ceremonies across the state.