State officials leading Hiram ceremony for 'never properly thanked' Vietnam vets

By On August 31, 2018

State officials leading Hiram ceremony for 'never properly thanked' Vietnam vets

Vietnam veterans from Paulding and surrounding counties soon will have an opportunity to take part in a long overdue public recognition of their military service.

A certificate and lapel pin presentation ceremony is scheduled for Sept. 22 at 11 a.m. at Sweet Home Missionary Baptist Church at 280 Oak St. in Hiram, a news release stated.

Georgia Department of Veterans Services Commissioner Mike Roby will present the state’s Certificate of Honor and the Defense Department’s Commemorative Lapel Pin to Vietnam veterans who sign up by Tuesday, Sept. 18.

The certificate and pin will be presented for honorable military service during the Vietnam War. Every Georgia veteran with honorable service during the Vietnam War from June 1, 1954, to May 15, 1975, is eligible to receive the certificate including veterans with service in-country an d those who served in other capacities, a news release stated.

This honors ceremony is a collaborative effort between Sweet Home Baptist and the GDVS Carrollton Veteran Field Service Office.

“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.”

Vietnam veterans interested in participating in the ceremony can contact the veteran services department's Central Office via email at bzeringue@vs.state.ga.us with their DD Form 214 attached or fax their information (name, address, and phone number) and DD Form 214 to 404-656-7006. Submissions should be marked with “Sweet Home C&P Ceremony.” For more information call Brian Zeringue, GDVS Director of Public Information, at 404-656-5933.

Vietnam veterans may also receive this honor posthumously. Surviving spouses may receive the state certificate and a Defense Department Certificate of Honor and lapel pin as long as the required documentation (veterans DD Form 214) is presented with the signup application.

The state’s recognition of these veterans is part of the U. S. Department of Defense’s 50th Anniversary Commemoration of the Vietnam War.

The Georgia Department of Veterans Service created the Vietnam War Certificate of Honor program in partnership with the Office of Gov. Nathan Deal in 2015.

The Georgia Vietnam War Certificate of Honor is personalized with the Vietnam War veteran's name, rank, branch of service, and dates of service printed over the seal of the state of Georgia and includes the official U.S. Department of Defense’s Vietnam War Commemorative Partner logo. They are signed by Deal and Roby.

Of the more than 22,500 certificates issued sin ce March 2015, more than 17,600 have been presented in 310 “Certificate & Lapel Pin” honors ceremonies across Georgia.

More than 70,000 veterans reside in Paulding and the bordering counties; many of which are Vietnam veterans. Additional information about the Certificate of Honor Program and other veteran benefits is available at www.veterans.ga.gov.

For more information, call the GDVS Public Information Division at 404-656-5933.

Source: Google News Vietnam | Netizen 24 Vietnam

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