The Jasper County Veterans Alliance has been asked to help coordinate efforts to recognize and honor local Vietnam veterans who passed away prematurely after the war.
The “In Memory” program will be held at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington D.C. Father’s Day weekend. In-country Vietnam veterans who later passed away from the effects of PTSD, Agent Orange, diabetes, heart disease, cancer etc. are eligible.
There will be a meeting at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the Newton American Legion to share more details and help eligible family members fill out the required paperwork. Family members will need to provide a copy of the veteran’s DD214 showing Vietnam in-country service, a death certificate, two pictures and a short biography. The group can help with all of those if needed.
Four members of the Jasper Veterans Alliance will be paying their own expenses and flying to Washington D.C. to help organize the recognition and tributes for the local veterans.
If you know a surviving spouse or family member of a fallen Vietnam veteran, let them know this opportunity is available.
There is a short time frame and all applications will need to be processed and sent to D.C. by March 8. We will be the first county in the nation to do this in a coordinated effort.
Contact Doug Bishop at 641-417-8885 if you have any further questions or would like a packet of materials to apply.
Veterans can also visit vvmf.org and click on the “In Memory” program link for more details on the event and ceremony.