Vietnam Veteran certificate, lapel pin ceremony in April

STOCKBRIDGE — Vietnam Veterans from Clayton, Henry and surrounding counties are invited to take part in a certificate and lapel pin presentation ceremony.

The ceremony will take place at 2 p.m. on April 6 at Jodeco Baptist Church, 1290 Jodeco Road in Stockbridge. The deadline to sign up is April 1.

Georgia Department of Veterans Services Commissioner Mike Roby will join The Veteran’s Ministry in presenting the state’s Certificate of Honor and the Defense Department’s Commemorative Lapel Pin to those Vietnam veterans who sign up. Both recognitions are 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 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 “Stockbridge C&P Ceremony.” For more information, contact Brian Zeringue 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.

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