It is important that veterans that took the same oaths and carried out their duties in an honorable fashion, be officially recognized by the military services, the Veterans Administration, the Congress and the Office of the President.
We veterans are overlooked for government employment, we take a back seat at the V.A. Medical Centers, we have no official medal for our sacrifice and honorable service during hazardous and danger-filled conditions; many of which are classified.
Military service members do not pick the circumstances that occur during their time of service; what we can be sure of is, Cold War Veterans volunteered to walk into an uncertain future and swore this oath before God and country:
“I, THE COLD WAR VETERAN, do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice. So help me God.”
I don’t think ANY service member before nor afterward, have uttered any different oaths of service than that one. Our dedication and will to give our lives, health and all that comes with that, in service to our nation.
We deserve official acknowledgment and certification of sacrifices and commitment, and that acknowledgment should be ratified by Congress and a bonifide citation and an accompanying medal should be issued immediately before the last of us are in our nineties.
Lastly, some in government have mentioned the expense to produce and issue such a citation/medal is prohibitive; well I argue that sending billions to the Iranians and hundreds of millions to the Palestinians is what is prohibitive!
President Donald J. Trump, stop the flow of cash to the enemies that we have fought against and authorize and fund an official Cold War Medal and Citation for ALL Cold War Veteran or their survivors.