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Southern Tier Vietnam Veterans Honored With DoD Pin

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BINGHAMTON, N.Y. -

Close to 50 local Vietnam War veterans were honored in a special pinning ceremony on Thursday.

Congressman Anthony Brindisi was joined by local elected officials, Veterans advocates, and retired Marine Corps Major General Arnold Fields to present Southern Tier veterans with a Department of Defense Commemorative pin as a way to honor them for their service and the sacrifices they made for our country. 

Many Vietnam War veterans were treated poorly when they returned from war largely due to the anti-war movement and the war becoming increasingly unpopular. 

Many vets report they never felt appreciated for their service to our nation, even though they were drafted and didn't choose to go to war.

One veteran at Thursday's ceremony said that this was the first time he ever received public recognition for the time he spent serving our country. 

“Vietnam Era Veterans courageously served their country, and they deserve to be recognized for their bravery,” Brindisi said. “Honoring and taking care of our Veterans is an issue that transcends political parties, and the great turnout today shows our community is always willing to stand behind our Veterans. This pin is a small token of our appreciation for the sacrifices they made.”

Veterans are eligible for the pin if they served anytime from November 1, 1955 to May 15, 1975, either overseas or stateside.

The D.O.D. medal was authorized by the 2008 National Defense Authorization Act as part of the 50th anniversary of the conflict in Vietnam.

Earlier this year, President Trump signed Brindisi-backed legislation to deliver access to earned benefits for Veterans who served in the territorial waters off the shores of Vietnam and were exposed to Agent Orange.