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Honoring our Vietnam Veterans

March 29, 2016

In conjunction with the 50th Anniversary Commemoration of the Vietnam War, the State of Georgia wants to honor every one of its 234,000 Vietnam War veterans.

To accomplish this goal, the Georgia Department of Veterans Service (GDVS), in partnership with the Office of Governor Nathan Deal, has created the Vietnam War Certificate of Honor program.

These Certificates of Honor recognize and thank all of Georgia’s servicemen and women who served from 1954-1975.

Every Georgia veteran with honorable service during the Vietnam War is eligible to receive a certificate. (This includes veterans with service in country and those who served in other capacities.)

We hope to eventually present every Georgia Vietnam veteran with a Certificate of Honor recognizing their service. It is never the wrong time to say thank you to a veteran, and that is especially true for so many Vietnam veterans who were never properly thanked when they returned home.

With the help of veterans service organizations, word of mouth and local media support, these Certificates of Honor have been presented to many Vietnam War veterans in Georgia at local ceremonies.

Each certificate 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.

Group (VSO) Application Procedure

Members of veterans service organizations (VSO) are encouraged to apply to receive their certificates together. For information on making a group application, email certificates@vs.state.ga.us or call 404-463-3080.

Individual Application Procedure

To apply, please send your name, rank, branch of service, dates of service and a copy of your DD Form 214 to certificates@vs.state.ga.us or Georgia Department of Veterans Service, Attn: Certificates, 2 Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive SE, Atlanta, GA 30334, or call 404-463-3080 for more information.

Official Presentation

The State of Georgia would like veterans honored by this program to receive their certificates during a formal presentation. The Georgia Department of Veterans Service will work with VSOs and individual veterans to coordinate these presentations wherever possible.

To see a collection of certificate presentation photos, visit the GDVS Facebook page

About the Author

Mike Roby is Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Veterans Service, the state government agency working on behalf of Georgia’s veterans and their families. For information on how the GDVS can assist you, please visit the GDVS website.

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