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Vietnam Veterans honored in overdue ceremonies

Some of the people wearing military uniforms after the Vietnam War were treated with disrespect, but recently, for perhaps the first time, they were shown gratitude.

A call recently went to Vietnam era veterans in Colorado, asking if they’d like to participate in a commemoration ceremony marking 50 years since the time of the war. Read more

VA Pensions and Eligible Periods of War

A VA pension is a needs-based monetary benefit for veterans and surviving spouses with limited financial resources. Several requirements must be met to receive a pension, such as the veteran must be 65 years and older or totally disabled, and having served at least 90 days of active duty, with at least one day during an eligible period of war. This includes service in non-combat zones, except for the early years of the Vietnam Era.

Veterans who entered active duty after September 7, 1980 will usually need to have served at least 24 months or the entire period for which they were called to active duty, with at least one day during an eligible period of war. Read more

Number of WWII veterans is dwindling

The men and women who served our country during World War II are leaving us rapidly. Veterans from this era are dwindling in numbers as time marches forward.

In 2013 there were more than 1.7 million Americans alive who served in World War II, but according to the Department of Veterans Affairs, around 620,000 American veterans from the war are estimated to still be alive as of 2016. Read more

Vietnam Era veterans recognized

Ray Wilburn spent 41 years of his life in the U.S. Army. In 2012, Pres. Barack Obama signed the 50th Anniversary proclamation, which will continue until 2025, to ensure future generations come to understand the sacrifice made by Vietnam veterans — both on the battlefield, and once they came back to the United States.

Wilburn served overseas three times during his military career, the first being during the Vietnam War in 1967 and 1968. He served in Bosnia in 2001-2002 and then in Iraq in 2005-2006. Read more

World War II, Vietnam and Korean era veterans honored

It has been said that there is no love greater than that of someone willing to lay down his life for a friend, or indeed, his country. A luncheon held recently honored Putnam County veterans who took that patriotic step.

“You were willing to lay down your life for total strangers — people who you didn’t know, people who you’d never meet, and people who weren’t even born yet,” Randy Porter, county executive, said. Read more