Editorial: Local Vietnam veterans to receive rightful recognition

Many of the close to 50,000 veterans living in Whitfield County and its neighboring counties are Vietnam War veterans, according to Georgia Department of Veterans Service (GDVS).

Next month, our local Vietnam veterans will receive a much-deserved public recognition.

On Sept. 7 at 11 a.m., area Vietnam veterans are invited to a ceremony to honor their military service at a certificate and lapel pin presentation at American Legion Post 112, 1118 N Glenwood Ave. On that day GDVS Commissioner Mike Roby presents the state’s Certificate of Honor and the Defense Department’s commemorative lapel pin to those Vietnam veterans who sign up and who were "presented for honorable military service during the Vietnam War." The signup deadline is Friday, Aug. 23, at 5 p.m.

Every Georgia veteran with honorable service during the Vietnam War (from June 1, 1954, to May 15, 1975) is eligible.

Vietnam veterans who are interested in participating should contact the GDVS central office by 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 “Dalton Certificates.” For more information call Brian Zeringue, GDVS Director of Public Information, at (404) 656-5933.

Vietnam veterans can be honored posthumously. Surviving spouses may receive the state certificate and a Defense Department Certificate of Honor and lapel pin by submitting the required documentation (DD Form 214) along with the signup application. For more information, go to www.veterans.ga.gov.

“It is never the wrong time to say thank you to a veteran, and that is especially true for the 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.”

We agree with Commissioner Roby, and hope our local Vietnam veterans and their families take part in this ceremony.

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