Over 100 Vietnam veterans from Floyd and surrounding counties were recognized for their military service during a certificate and lapel pin presentation ceremony on Saturday. The event was hosted by Pleasant Valley South Baptist Church in Silver Creek and included Georgia Department of Veterans Service Commissioner Mike Roby, who presented the state’s Certificate of Honor and the Defense Department’s Commemorative Lapel Pin to each veteran for honorable military service during the Vietnam War. Another 100 or so names of other veterans were read during the ceremony to honor their service, but they not in attendance.
“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. Those who missed the ceremony can still contact the GDVS Central Office via email firstname.lastname@example.org with their DD Form 214 attached, or fax their information (name, address and phone number) and DD Form 214 to 404-656-7006.
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.
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.