Skip to comments.Cold War Certificate (Are you a Cold War Veteran?)
Posted on 01/29/2005 3:31:59 AM PST by gobucks
Figured that a few Cold War vets should know about this.
*snip* Is this for real?
* Yes. In the 1998 National Defense Authorization Act, the Secretary of Defense approved awarding Cold War Recognition Certificates to all members of the armed forces and qualified federal government civilian personnel who faithfully and honorably served the United States any time during the Cold War era, Sept. 2, 1945, through Dec. 26, 1991.
* Applicants must certify that their service was "faithful and honorable", and they must supply a copy of a supporting document which proves that they served during the Cold War era. The certificate may be awarded posthumously to those whose relatives apply on their behalf.
* There is no charge for a Cold War Recognition Certificate. Note that no medal has been authorized or issued for Cold War Recognition.
* The program is scheduled to run for 10 years, so there is plenty of time to send in your request and supporting document.
Don't know, but I think so...
I remember when this was announced, and maybe I should apply now. I didn't back then because I didn't wish to have a crap weasel signature of William Cohen (or was it William J. Perry?) hanging ANYWHERE on a wall of mine.
Donald Rumsfeld's signature might have a similar effect on visiting liberals and that would be cool. ;)
United States Air Force, Nov 1972 - Aug 1993
That's a good one. I fairly-regularly throw it in the face of lefties.
The detailed spreadsheet *.gif that's in a link on that page, is pretty amazing.
Gun Room? I love it!
You are quite welcome
Gotta love a woman that'll let you have a gun room.
I am USMC 1979-1985 [first tour]
I filed for my cret. but never recieved it! I am still upset about it too.
I forgot about adding my second tour.
June 1995-July 1999 also USMC.
I was a desert rat. I was stationed in 29 Palms CA [read as the STUMPS!!] and Yuma AZ at Marine Corps Air Station. [baked spud, crash,fire,rescue]
me either ...; but more than a few folks these days scratch their heads and say 'huh?, what was the 'cold war'?
The fact that out of all official gov't recogition for all kinds of conflicts, all that is out there is this certificate, for a decades long bona fide war, it just seemed to me to be .... not appropriate.
And of course, given the make up of so many of the liberal democrats, I started to have suspicions that maybe it was not totally an accident that so little noise is made about this...; (given MY make-up, I guess it is not an accident I bother to pay attention ... but sub service can mess with your sleep and coffee habits :) )
I got mine about a year ago. The idiots spelled my name wrong.
LOL! Thanks for the story!!
In all sincereity, I thank you for your post that started these replies. Ain't nothing hijacked here...
Me: USN, 81 - 87. Gold Crew.
US Army 1974-1976
The idiots spelled my name wrong.
LOL, sorry for laughing but that's just like the DOD. :-)
Those are some slick looking "darts" you have. Sweeet!
Heh heh heh GMTA, I had the same reaction.
Something that I learned about a year ago is that there have been a lot of "medals" issued over the years that many veterans are not aware of.
For instance, my DD-214 lists four "medals" from my two years in the Army during the Korean War. In researching, I found that I am now qualified for five additional ones, in addition to the Cold War Certificate. They are:
ROK Korean War Service Medal - issued by the ROK and qualified people can get the actual medal - for free.
Cold War Victory Commemorative Medal
Overseas Service Commemorative Medal
Combat Service Commemorative Medal
US Army Commemorative Medal
I refused to pursue this when they first came out because the signatures were of the clinton administration.
Nowadays it might be different.
But the bottom line is that most people really don't give a rip what you did in the Cold War.
Cold Warrier 1977-1992, FRG nearly 6 years.
Don't get me wrong; I'm not against it all. I dunno...maybe I'm sort of lukewarm to it because I can't tell anybody how I got my MUC, NUC and Expeditionary medal :)
Yep, LJ, I'm a cold war vet. Hubby (Turbojet) is one too. ~~~~~salute~~~~~
We are iced in down here. How's Maine?
**Hubby actually waited until after Clinton was gone to retire. He refused to have that signature on his retirement certificate.**
I hear that!...my husband hated receiving the certificate with Clintoon's name on it and returned it with a "not so nice" note telling Bill where he could shove it!
US Army, 1966-1995
Thought you'd be interested in this.
This includes you.
U.S. Navy 1976-1997
US Navy 68-70
Appears legit to me. I just filled out my application on line. Its really easy as long as you can print the form.
I sent it to my hubby's address...he's away on Army business...a seminar..titled Army Retention....bet he comes home tomorrow mad..LOL
When Mike left for Iraq they had 23 pilots....one KIA...returned home and 13 of them retired...their wives had had enough....they now have nine with 6 more in flight school, they are still understrengthed. I just don't understand these wives...unless they are using their wives as an excuse.
It's tough and it didn't help being extended 3 times, with each extension promised to be the last. Mike's CO, a major, came home and retired too...Mike was very upset over it, he would have followed him to hell and back(well actually he did....LOL) but his wife threatened divorce and this was his 2nd marriage too..and now he has a new CO he can't stand....oh, well..
But, here's another story. I have a good friend I made early in my career who decided to get out after he made Captain and his commitment was up but he stayed in the reserves. He was called up during Desert Storm and spent a year in Kuwait and Iraq for that. He was called up again in 2002 and went and put in some infrastructure before Operation Iraqi Freedom. Guess where he is now? Afghanistan.
He could have retired too before his last call up. He flew in from the Midwest on business and we had dinner together one night about three weeks before he had to report for training and deployment. His wife was begging him to retire but he just couldn't do it. He just felt like he couldn't let his young reserve unit guys go alone when he had so much experience to offer. I'm sure this will be his last tour and I know he will put his papers in when he gets back but this guy is a hero. He is the best we have to offer. I just hope his wife is still there when he gets home.
US Army (1986-1994)
Been there, done that, got the t-shirt. Served with SAC in Bombers (B-1B, B-52), Tankers (KC 135, KC-10) and Missiles (Minuteman 3 and Peacekeeper)
I've touched a nuclear weapon with my bare hand. It's seductive and erotic, like touching a beautiful woman's thigh, but disappointing like when her mother walks into the room.
1971-1991 USCG Active
1991-present Gen. Dyn. contractor teachin' USCG Cadets
Still doin' it for G, C, & F 'til the day I die, so help me G.
I soooo jealous!
Wow, you've got a way with words. Are you sure you're a physician, and not some kind of starving artist?
National Guard is included too. My dad has one for service in the NG.
When our unit went to Crete for a live fire, the other Fire control operators junction box failed so I was the one that got to push the button and fire a missile. The other guy picked a fight with me later that night he was so mad.
There is an on-going e-petition for a Cold War Service Medal at http://www.petitiononline.com/pfcmongo/petition.html .
Please, everyone sign and circulate this petition if correct for you to do so.
This 100% Permanent-total Service-connected Disabled American Veteran thanks you for your service. Semper Fidelis.
PFC USMC Infantry-Scout/Sniper W Africa-S America-Mediterranean-Iran Hostage Crisis Alert 1976-80
Also served PFC NY Army NG Heavy Vehicle Recovery '82-'83 - Spec4 ID Army NG Combat Engineer '85-'86 - SSGT WA Air NG Ground Equipment Technician NATO W Germany-Bahamas Interdiction '86-'89 - SSGT USAFR Active C-141B Loadmaster Aircrew ConUS-Pacific Rim '89-'90.