Vietnam-era veterans recognition planned

Recognizing Vietnam-era veterans living in the Brainerd Lakes Area is the first item on the agenda at the Veterans Town Hall meeting Dec. 6 at 5 p.m. at American Legion Post 255, located at 708 Front Street, Brainerd.

The St. Cloud VA Health Care System, a Commemorative Partner in the national Vietnam War Commemoration, is committed to publicly thanking and honoring Vietnam veterans and their families.

Vietnam veterans and families desiring to participate in the commemoration can simply show up and check in, said Kerri Schwegel, Outreach Coordinator for the St. Cloud VA HCS.

The town hall meeting also provides veterans an opportunity to hear from and have concerns addressed by St. Cloud VA officials.

Beginning at 4 p.m., County Veteran Services and VA staff will be available to discuss enrollment in VA health care and provide information on the full range of Veterans benefit programs.

About the Vietnam War Commemoration

Authorized by Congress, established under the Secretary of Defense and launched by the President in May 2012, the Vietnam War Commemoration recognizes all men and women who served on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces from Nov. 1, 1955 to May 15, 1975. Nine million Americans, approximately seven million living today, served during that period, and the commemoration makes no distinction between veterans who served in-county, in-theater or who were stationed elsewhere during those 20 years. All answered the call of duty. 

By presidential proclamation issued on May 25, 2012, the commemoration extends from its inaugural event on Memorial Day 2012 through Veterans Day 2025. 

To learn more about the Vietnam War Commemoration, go to www.vietnamwar50th.com.

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