Post 1336 honors surviving spouses of Vietnam War

Courtesy photo ST. JUVIN POST 1336 Jr. vice-commander James “Hoppy” Phillips presented Certificates of Honor and commemorative pins to (from left) Rita Willis, Kathleen Lestina and Kathleen Carpenter.

     St. Juvin Post 1336 Veterans of Foreign Wars is a commemorative partner with the Department of Defense’s 50th Commemoration of the Vietnam War.
    As part of its role in the program, Post 1336 is honoring the surviving spouses of local military veterans who were enlisted between Nov. 1, 1955 and May 15, 1975, regardless of the location where they served.
    Post 1336 has presented surviving spouses with a personalized Certificate of Honor and commemorative pin provided by the Department of Defense.
    Congress authorized the commemoration in 2008 and set the following objectives:
• To thank and honor veterans of the Vietnam War, including personnel who were held as prisoners of war (POW), or listed as missing in action (MIA), for their service and sacrifice on behalf of the United States and to thank and honor the families of these veterans.
•    To highlight the service of the Armed Forces during the Vietnam War and the contributions of Federal agencies and governmental and non-governmental organizations that served with, or in support of, the Armed Forces.
•    To pay tribute to the contributions made on the home front by the people of the United States during the Vietnam War.
•    To highlight the advances in technology, science, and medicine related to military research conducted during the Vietnam War.
•    To recognize the contributions and sacrifices made by the allies of the United States during the Vietnam War.
    Post 1336 is looking to connect with surviving spouses of veterans who served during this time. If you or someone you know is a surviving spouse contact St. Juvin commander Charlie Brown at 815-634-2119.