Cold War Recognition Certificate In accordance with section 1084 of the Fiscal Year 1998 National Defense Authorization Act, the Secretary of Defense approved awarding the Cold War Recognition Certificate to all members of the armed forces and qualified federal government civilian personnel who faithfully and honorably served the United States anytime during the Cold War era, which is defined as Sept. 2, 1945, to Dec. 26, 1991, are eligible. Visit https://www.hrc.army.mil/content/Cold%20War%20Recognition%20Certificate%20Program%20Overview for more information. This is the only official site on which to request the CWRC. This site is operated by the United States Army, the executive agency for the CWRC Program. The CWRC is available to qualified individuals at no cost. Any other site offering these certificates or replicas for sale or purchase are not official sites and are not approved or endorsed by the U.S. Army.