Recognize and Honor Cold War Veterans
Cold War Service MedalThis year marks the 20th anniversary of the demise of the Soviet Union.
Millions of young men and women served in our military to stop the spread of Communism, many lives were lost in the long and arduous struggle.
From ships at sea, submarines under the sea, SAC planes in the air, troops on the ground, those is missile silos and stationed around the world.We were there 24/7, armed and ready, often with nuclear weapons to prevent total mutual annihilation.
And yet, there has never been a medal or ribbon issued to recognize and honor these brave men and women. Our Cold Warriors still go un-noticed, without a proper thank you from our country.
Yes, there have been pieces of legislation issued to create a Cold War Victory/Service Medal many times in the past; but none have actually been passed.
And the Cold War Recognition Certificate makes no mention of military service, and anyone who worked for the government for a one day is eligible for this piece of paper. As of early 2010 only about 2.5 million had applied for the certificate in the 10 years of its existence.
It is a shame and a blot on the history of our country, that nothing has been done to show the respect that is due.
Please contact your elected officials, tell them that now it is finally time to do something to right this wrong.
Ask them to introduce legislation to authorize and direct DoD to issue a Cold War Service/Victory Medal. Ask that when such legislation is issued they become immediate cosponsors, and vote for passage.
Ask President Obama to use an Executive Order to establish the Cold War Victory/Service Medal as soon as possible.
Let this be the year to finally recognize and honor our Cold War Veterans. We Remember, please you remember those who served.
The "Cold Warriors" are a proud and vital part of our history. We are also growing older, and the numbers are shrinking quickly. Please act now.
Jerald Terwilliger National Chairman American Cold War Veterans
---------------- "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