Vietnam veteran lapel pin presentation

Special to The Times

On Saturday, July 15 at 11 a.m., Vietnam Veterans in Henry and 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 Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church at 397 Race-track Road in McDonough. The program is being hosted by the Veterans Ministry of Wesley Chapel UMC. The deadline to sign up is Friday, July 7.

Georgia Commissioner of Veterans Service Mike Roby will participate and present the state’s Vietnam Veteran Certificate of Honor to these veterans in recognition of their honorable service during the war. Along with the state certificate each veteran will receive the Defense Department Commemoration Vietnam War Veteran Lapel Pin. Vietnam veterans who are interested in participating in the ceremony can contact the GDVS Central Office via email with their DD Form 214 attached or fax their name, address, phone number and “214” to 404-656-7006. All forms must say: Wesley Chapel C&P Ceremony. For more information call Brian Zeringue, GDVS Project Officer, at 404-463-3080. Interested veterans can also contact Bette Washington at 757-277-5917 with questions concerning the ceremony.

Every Georgia veteran with honorable service during the Vietnam War (from June 1, 1954 to May 15, 1975, as recognized by DoD) is eligible to receive this certificate. This includes veterans with service in-country and those who served in other capacities.

Additional information about the Certificate of Honor Program and other veteran benefits is available at