AAFES honoring Vietnam veterans with pinning ceremonies March 29

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March 29 is National Vietnam War Veteran Day, and Army & Air Force Exchange Service stores around the world are hosting contactless pinning ceremonies to honor Vietnam veterans’ service, valor and sacrifice.

Veterans who served on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces at any time from Nov. 1, 1955 to May 15, 1975, regardless of location, can receive a Vietnam Veteran Lapel Pin at the ceremony. This lapel pin, which has become a lasting memento of the nation’s thanks, is provided in partnership with The United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration.

“These heroes made selfless sacrifices for our nation,” said Exchange Director/CEO Tom Shull, a veteran who served during the Vietnam War period. “Many Vietnam veterans never received the gratitude and respect they deserve. It’s an honor to host these recognition ceremonies and share our heartfelt thanks.”

Protecting the military community remains the Exchange’s No. 1 priority, and base and post exchanges are taking all necessary precautions to safely honor Vietnam veterans in contactless pinning ceremonies. Following recommended health guidelines, face coverings and safe social distancing will be required. Exchange associates continue to maintain enhanced cleaning procedures, and customer touchpoints are sanitized multiple times daily.

The Exchange has been a commemorative partner with the Vietnam War Commemoration since 2013, planning and conducting events and activities recognizing the service, valor and sacrifice of Vietnam veterans and their families.

All veterans with service-connected disabilities are now eligible to shop at base and post exchanges, as are retirees, active-duty and military dependents. Veterans with service-connected disabilities and their primary family caregivers can find more information on accessing the Exchange at ShopMyExchange.com/Vets.

Veterans who typically do not have access to installations should contact their local Exchange for information on attending a ceremony.

The United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration is a program administered by the office of the secretary of defense to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War. The commemoration was authorized by Congress, established under the secretary of defense and launched by the president in 2012. It will continue through Veterans Day 2025. (Courtesy of AAFES News Service)