By Ralph Hutto
Johnson County Veterans’ Service Officer
President Obama and the Congress of the United States of America has issued a lapel pin that is to be issued to all veterans that served during the Vietnam War era (November 1, 1955 to May 15, 1975.) This pin is to be awarded to the veterans of Johnson County that served honorably during the above time period.
The lapel pin is to be presented by the mayor of Johnson County, Larry Potter, at a time and place to be selected at a later date. This pin will be accompanied by a letter of recognition and thanks for your service by the president of the United States.
In order us for to determine the eligibility requirement, your DD-214 needs to be verified. To be verified, bring your DD-214 by the Johnson County Veterans Service office at 208 College Street in Mountain City, 423-727-7929, ad get your name added to the Vietnam veterans list. If your DD0214 is on file with our office, you can call and let us know and we will check the files and verify it. We will make a list that will be read aloud at the presentation ceremony. It will include name, rank, branch of service and dates of service.
For the deceased Vietnam veteran, we have a special honor lapel pin for the veteran’s widow. You will also have to register with the Veterans Service Office and verify with the veteran’s DD-214.
A cutoff date of October 1, 2017 will be the last day that we can accept your applications for this event.
It pleases me that something is being done to show these veterans that we do honor and respect them, in spite of the way they were treated when they came home.