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.
Here is a preview of your certificate, the only official U.S. Gov't recognition of service during this time period.
Anyone who was paid in any U.S. Gov't line of work of any kind, not just military, gets to receive this.
Is it just me, or does this make little sense? I made 6 patrols on a nuc boat in the 80's. It was a good time to serve I think. When the wall fell, the depth of my astonishment, and sense of being pleased, can't be described.
This certificate is all that is 'official, but, good news, the answer is maybe a real military campaign medal is in the works:
Gotta run for a bit, but if anyone else knows of other cold war vet sites, please post them.
(I really, really hate communists ...)
Any of ya'll Cold War vets too? ;-)
U.S. Navy, 1965-69.
Man, I was racking my brain for Foxhole names, and missed you. Too early.
Thanks for serving.
U.S. Navy, 1988-92.
My husband will be interested in this....he served in the full time army 1977-1986...also put in 18yrs in the army reserves.....
My dad joined the army the day he turned 18, Nov of 1940....he was the navigator on the planes that flew back and forth between California, and the Phillipines and Burma, dropping supplies, and picking up the wounded...but he was not discharged from the army until Dec of 1945, so altho he fought in WW11, he would also qualify for the Cold War Award....hes gone now, but he would be so proud...
U.S. Navy 1974-78
My husband is. USMC 1989- to the present.
Count me in. (U.S. Air Force 1975 - 79)
I saw Hillary Clinton is sponsoring the cold war medal Bill.
That does not thrill me a whole hell of alot.
Good to see ya Boomer sailor! Spent my time on 627s and 688s. '77 to '87. Are you a SubVets member?
U.S.Navy Sea Bees, 1959-1962, Kidde Cruiser ;)
I made 6 patrols on a nuc boat in the 80's.
Boomers or fast attack? Road boomers through the 60s 70 & into the late 80s.
U.S. Army (Military Police) 1971-1980
US Army 1986-1992
Do we reservists count? 1982-1992.
US Navy Fleet Air Recon (VQ) 1966 - 1970.
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