The state of Kansas finally has the Vietnam War Medallion available for distribution to its Vietnam era veterans.
The state of Kansas finally has the Vietnam War Medallion available for distribution to its Vietnam era veterans. The medallion was authorized in 2009 as a way to say "thank you" to the men and women who served during a very unpopular war and signed into law by then-governor Kathleen Sebelius, but the bill wasn't funded. It took almost two more years for funding and casting the medallion.
The medallion is free to veterans who meet certain guidelines. To qualify, the veteran must have served on active duty in the U.S. military service between Feb. 28, 1961 to May 7, 1975. The veteran was a legal resident of Kansas at the time he or she entered or when he or she was discharged from military service or at the time of his or her death. The veteran must have received an honorable discharge, or still be in active service in an honorable status, or have active service in an honorable status at the time of his or her death. The veteran is eligible regardless of whether or not he or she served within the United States or in a foreign country.
During the Veterans Day Ceremony on Nov. 12, the McPherson Area Veterans Committee will recognize all Vietnam era veterans who are eligible for the medallion whether they have received their medallion or not. Many already have completed the required form and mailed it to Topeka along with a copy of their DD-214 and received their medallions.
For eligible veterans still needing to apply, the form is available at the VFW Post, the American Legion Post, or contact Tony Fiedler at 241-5603 or Dan Hervey at 241-2700.
Forms also are available for the "Cold War Certificate."
To be eligible you must have served honorably in the U.S. Military between Sept. 2, 1945, to December 26, 1991.