Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Lousiana Veterans Honor Medal for All Veterans

In 2008 the Louisiana Legislature created The Louisiana Veterans Honor Medal. This is to recognize and pay tribute to ALL Louisiana Veterans.

The gold plated medal face reads "United States Armed Forces" and bears an outline of the state. The reverse side reads "Louisiana appreciates your service to our country." Suspended from a blue ribbon the medal may be worn around the neck, or pinned on a jacket.

Veterans who were wounded in battle will receive an honor medal designated by a silver star and a purple ribbon. Families of veterans who were killed in battle will receive an honor medal with a gold star and a gold ribbon.

Eligibility criteria includes: *Veteran served in the U.S. Armed Forces during wartime or peacetime *Veteran received an honorable discharge or died prior to separation *Veteran is a current Louisiana resident, was a Louisiana resident upon entering military service or was a Louisiana resident at time of death.

Veterans seeking the Honor Medal must submit a copy of their DD-214/discharge papers and completed application. For military personnel killed on active duty attach DD-1300/death certificate with DD-214 and application.

More information and to download an application go to the Louisiana Department of Veterans
http://www.vetaffairs.la.gov/medals

Jerald Terwilliger
National Chairman
American Cold War Veterans
"We Remember"

---------------- "And so the greatest of American triumphs... became a peculiarly joyless victory. We had won the Cold War, but there would be no parades." -- Robert M. Gates, 1996