Local VA to honor Vietnam veterans at annual event

Two local medical centers in the North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health System (NF/SGVHS) will observe the annual National Vietnam War Veterans Day on Tuesday.

The Malcom Randall (Gainesville) and Lake City Veterans Affairs medical centers will host drive-through appreciation events to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War, according to an NF/SGVHS press release.

The two VA locations will hand out a special commemorative lapel pin and certificate of appreciation to Vietnam War-era veterans while supplies last. 

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“This drive-through event is only one small token of our appreciation for their selfless service and sacrificea debt that we could never repay,” David Isaacks, NF/SGVHS executive director, said in a statement. “They are not forgotten, and it is our mission to make sure of that each and every day at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.”

Living U.S. veterans who served on active duty in the armed forces at any time from November 1, 1955, to May 15, 1975, regardless of location, are eligible to receive one pin. Proof of service is not required. Former service members can simply identify as a Vietnam veteran to receive a pin and certificate.

The specific information about the date, time and location of pin and certificate distributions are provided below.

  • Malcom Randall VAMCTuesday, March 29, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Eligible veterans can pick up their pins and certificates outside the Fisher House front lawn, located across from the Malcom Randall valet.
  • Lake City VAMCTuesday, March 29, from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Eligible veterans can pick up their pins and certificates outside the main entrance of the Lake City VA Medical Center.

For more information, contact the Office of Communication and Outreach at 352-283-4735 or email vhanflpublicaffairs@va.gov.

 

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