Peters Presents Flint Area Vietnam Veterans with 50th Anniversary Commemorative Lapel Pins

FLINT, MI - U.S. Senator Gary Peters, a member of the Senate Armed Services and Homeland Security Committees and a former Lieutenant Commander in the U.S. Navy Reserve, today presented Vietnam veterans from Flint and the surrounding area with commemorative lapel pins to honor their service in the Vietnam War. The ceremony, which was held at the American Legion Post #294 in Swartz Creek, is part of a national effort to honor the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War.

“The men and women who served in the Vietnam War did not ask to fight, but they answered the call to serve their nation with courage and honor,” said Senator Peters. “Michigan is home to more veterans from the Vietnam War than any other era, and as we observe the 50th anniversary of the conflict, I am honored to present these veterans with a token of recognition for their service through a difficult and tumultuous time in our country’s history.”

Senator Peters’ office offers the Vietnam Veteran Lapel Pins to living U.S. veterans who served on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces at any time between November 1, 1955 and May 15, 1975. Michigan veterans interested in receiving their lapel pin should complete the form available here.

To download high-resolution photos from today’s ceremony, click on the images below.

Senator Peters, the son of a World War II veteran and a former Lt. Commander in the U.S. Navy Reserve, has been a strong voice in Congress for our nation’s veterans and servicemembers. Last year, President Obama signed into law Peters’ amendment to help veterans erroneously discharged from the military due to behavior linked to mental traumas, such as post-traumatic stress disorder. Peters has also cosponsored legislation that would extend VA disability and health care benefits to Vietnam veterans exposed to Agent Orange while serving aboard deep-water naval vessels, as well as legislation to study the impact of Agent Orange exposure on the health of children and grandchildren of Vietnam veterans.

Links to Photos: Photo 1 & Photo 2