The state of Missouri recently approved a program for awarding a state medal and certificate in recognition of Vietnam-era veterans. Chillicothe Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 858 and American Legion Post 25 members are working together to locate as many Vietnam era veterans as possible in hopes of having a large presentation ceremony and Vietnam Homecoming celebration at this year's upcoming Veterans Day in November.
In order to locate eligible veterans, the Missouri Veterans Commission has published an application procedure and form which must be completed and sent to the Office of the Adjutant General. Local VFW and American legion officers have these forms and are now attempting to locate as many are Vietnam era veterans as possible. For a group ceremonial award to occur, the application forms must be sent in together as a package and local officials report that they need applications turned in by this weekend. Those who need to an application can contact Tim Munday at 660-646-2112, George Laprade at 660-646-5579 or Don Underwood at 660-646-2894.