10.21.16

Peters Presents Vietnam Veterans with 50th Anniversary Commemorative Lapel Pins

Over 100 Vietnam War Veterans from Detroit Metro Area Honored for their Service and Sacrifice

WARREN, MI - Today, U.S. Senator Gary Peters presented nearly 100 Vietnam veterans from Macomb, Oakland and Wayne Counties with commemorative lapel pins to honor their service in the Vietnam War. The ceremony, which was held at the U.S Army Tank-Automotive & Armaments Command’s (TACOM) Detroit Arsenal, is part of a national effort to honor the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War.

“Michigan is home to more veterans from the Vietnam War than any other era, and it is my honor and privilege to present so many of them the recognition and thanks they deserve,” said Senator Peters, a former Lt. Commander in the U.S Navy Reserve. “America’s fighting forces are the finest in the world, and our entire nation is indebted to the servicemembers who put their lives on the line in defense of our freedom and our way of life. As we observe the 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War, we honor all those who answered the call of duty during a tumultuous time in our nation’s history.”

Sen. 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 service members. The Senate recently passed 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 abroad 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.