On Saturday, April 13, at 2 p.m., Vietnam veterans from Floyd and the surrounding counties will have an opportunity to take part in a long overdue public recognition of their military service at a certificate and lapel pin presentation ceremony scheduled to take place at Pleasant Valley South Baptist Church at 702 Pleasant Valley Rd SE in Silver Creek (30173).
This honors ceremony is hosted by the church. The deadline to sign up is 5 p.m. Monday, April 8.
Georgia Department of Veterans Service Commissioner Mike Roby will join the church in presenting the state’s Certificate of Honor and the Defense Department’s Commemorative Lapel Pin to those Vietnam veterans who sign up; both presented for honorable military service during the Vietnam War.
“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,” said Roby. “We hope to eventually present every Georgia veteran with a Certificate of Honor recognizing their 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 this certificate. This includes veterans with service in-country and those who served in other capacities.
Vietnam veterans who are interested in participating in the ceremony can contact the GDVS Central Office via email email@example.com 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 “Silver Creek C&P.” 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 (veteran’s DD Form 214) is presented with the sign up 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 Governor’s office 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 Governor Kemp and Commissioner Roby.
Of the over 25,600 certificates issued since March 2015, over 20,000 have been presented in 325 “Certificate & Lapel Pin” honors ceremonies across Georgia.
There are over 42,000 veterans who reside in Floyd and the bordering counties, many of whom are Vietnam veterans.
Additional information about the Certificate of Honor Program and other veteran benefits is available at www.veterans.ga.gov.