A ceremony honoring Vietnam era veterans living in Chippewa County and surrounding areas followed by a town hall meeting focused on improving VA health care services and programs is scheduled on Aug 21, at 5 p.m., at the Montevideo VA Clinic, 1025 North 13th Street, in Montevideo, MN.

According to Stephen Black, Director for the St. Cloud VA Health Care System, many Vietnam veterans have never been told “thank you.”

“We want to change that,” he said.

The St. Cloud VA is a commemorative partner in the national Vietnam War Commemoration, and is committed to publicly thanking and honoring Vietnam veterans and their families.

“Vietnam-era veterans and families desiring to participate in the commemoration event can simply show up and check in,” Black said.

The Vietnam veteran recognition ceremony is the first item on the agenda and the town hall meeting will take place immediately afterwards.

Beginning at 4 p.m., Chippewa County Veterans Services Office and VA staff will be available to discuss enrollment in VA health care and provide information on the full range of veterans benefit programs.

About the Vietnam War Commemoration:

Authorized by Congress, established under the Secretary of Defense, and launched by the President in May 2012, the Vietnam War Commemoration recognizes all men and women who served on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces from November 1, 1955 to May 15, 1975. Nine million Americans, approximately 7 million living today, served during that period, and the Commemoration makes no distinction between Veterans who served in-country, in-theater, or were stationed elsewhere during that period. All answered the call of duty.

By presidential proclamation issued on May 25, 2012, the Commemoration extends from its inaugural event on Memorial Day 2012 through Veterans Day 2025.

To learn more about the Vietnam War Commemoration, go to: vietnamwar50th.com.

On Aug. 28th at 11 a.m. during the County Commissioners meeting there will be a ceremony to declare Yellow Medicine County “A Purple Heart Community”. Cake and coffee will be served after the ceremony.

Michelle Gatz- Yellow Medicine County Veteran Service Officer. 415 9th Ave., Granite Falls, MN 56241 320-313-3037