Friday, April 2, 2010

Cold War Veterans will gather in Washington, DC

Cold War Veterans from across the country will gather in Washington, DC for their annual meeting on April 28th from 2:00PM till 4:00PM.

The meeting will take place in the Dirksen Senate Building Room SD-G11. We hope to have several members of Congress attend and join Cold War Veterans from across the country.

We will be discussing several of our goals:
1. To have Congress authorize and direct Department of Defense to issue a Cold War Service Medal to all those veterans who served in the military from Sept. 1945
to Dec. 1991.
In this regard there are currently two bills in various committees in Congress.
We need everyone's assistance. Please Contact both of your Senators ask them to become
a cosponsor to bill S.2743 The Cold War Service Medal Act 2009. Also contact your
Congressman/Congresswoman urge them to become a cosponsor to an identical bill in the House H.R. 4051 The Cold War Service Medal Act 2009. In both cases ask to have the
medal legislation included in the National Defense Authorization Act 2011.

2. To have Congress create a day to recognize and remember veterans of the Cold War. The
House of Representatives recently passed H.RES.900 to recognize these veterans, but
failed to designate a specific day for this honor.

3. The creation of a monument in Washington, DC to honor these forgotten and unknown veterans of the Cold War.

Also at this meeting the American Cold War Veterans will be making a donation to the
Health and Welfare fund of the USS Liberty Association.

The USS Liberty is the US Navy ship that was attacked by Israeli forces on June 8, 1967.
This attack killed 34 Americans and injured another 174.

We are reaching out to our fellow veterans to assist them with this fund to help those
who were injured. These brave men are now aging rapidly and many need additional help with their medical expenses.

This meeting is open to anyone that might be interested in the Cold War or the USS Liberty.

Following the general meeting, members will travel to Arlington National Cemetery to
hold their annual Day of Remembrance with a memorial service at 5:00PM to honor
the Forgotten Heroes of the Cold War.

Jerald Terwilliger
National Chairman
American Cold War Veterans, Inc.