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Underwood opens applications for Vietnam veterans pinning ceremony

U.S. Rep. Lauren Underwood, D-Naperville.
U.S. Rep. Lauren Underwood, D-Naperville.

U.S. Rep. Lauren Underwood, D-Naperville, will host a pinning ceremony to honor veterans from Illinois' 14th Congressional District who served during the Vietnam War period.

According to a news release, in 2008, the National Defense Authorization Act established the United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration to honor veterans of the Vietnam War, highlight their service and pay tribute to their contributions.

The pinning ceremony is part of an ongoing national effort to honor all Vietnam War-period veterans who served from Nov. 1, 1955, to May 15, 1975. As part of the ceremony, honored veterans will be recognized with a Vietnam veteran lapel pin and certificate of honor, according to the release.

“Our veterans have served and sacrificed so much for us. The Vietnam veterans pinning ceremony is a small way to show our gratitude and honor the veterans in our community on behalf of the nation,” said Underwood in the release. “I encourage all veterans or family members of Vietnam War-period veterans in our community to apply and take part in the ceremony.”

The Vietnam veteran pinning ceremony will be from noon to 2 p.m. Nov. 10 at McHenry Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4600, 3002 W. Route 120.

Applications to be honored at the ceremony are open. To qualify, a veteran must have served on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces at any time from Nov. 1, 1955, to May 15, 1975, regardless of duty location.

There is no distinction between veterans who served in-country, in-theater or who were stationed elsewhere during this period. Veterans may be honored posthumously, and their families may accept the honor on their behalf.

Veterans or family members in the 14th Congressional District are encouraged to complete an online application form available at www.underwood.house.gov. If unable to apply online, the form can be emailed to Jacqueline.Muhammad@mail.house.gov or call Underwood’s office at 630-549-2190 by Nov. 7 to process an application over the phone. 

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