2016-04-28 / Current Happenings

Vietnam Era Veterans recognition planned May 17 in Alexandria

Recognizing Alexandria and surrounding area Vietnam era Veterans is the first item on the agenda at the upcoming St. Cloud VA Veterans’ town hall meeting on May 17, at 5 p.m., at VFW Post 936, 1102 3rd Ave E., in Alexandria.

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 event can simply show up and check in at the designated table, said Kerri Schwegel, Outreach Coordinator for the St. Cloud VA HCS.

According to Josh Brummond, Douglas County Veterans Service Officer, the town hall meeting is intended to provide Veterans an opportunity to hear from and have concerns addressed by St. Cloud VA officials.

“This is a great chance for area Veterans to discuss what is going well and what can be improved,” said Brummond.

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.

“I invite Veterans who are not aware or who have questions about VA benefits available to them to attend and learn about the benefits their service earned,” Brummond said.

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 November 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-country, in-theater, or 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.

Return to top