Monday, June 19, 2017

Cold War Service Medal 2017

The struggle for recognition for Cold War Veterans continues, a fight that has been ongoing for at least 15 years.

On March 7 2017 Representative David Young, Republican  representing Iowa's third district introduced a new bill
H.R. 1419 The Cold War Service Medal 2017 that would
authorize a Cold War Medal to be issued to those who served
in the military between 1945 and 1991.

The long struggle to contain Communism cost many American
lives. Remember Korea and Vietnam were part of the  Cold War

In total there were over 81,481 battle deaths the Cold War ranks
as third most combat deaths. So the old line of "no shots were fired" is proven to be false and misleading.

Everyone in the United States (and much of the free world)
owes much to these brave men and women who placed their
lives in danger every day.

Contact your Congressman/woman ask them to cosponsor
this bill H.R. 1419 The Cold War  Service Medal Act 2017.
Also contact both of your Senators ask them to introduce a
companion bill in the Senate. And ask all your family and
friends to do the same. We need all the support we can get.

Those of you that belong to the VFW, American Legion,
AmVets or any other Veterans Service Organization, ask your
leadership to back the American Cold War Veterans in this
deserving and long delayed recognition and respect for
the Cold War Warriors.

The Cold War ended in 1991, 26 years is too long to wait for
these men and women to be told that what we did mattered
and we as a nation should thank all of them.

Let this be the year that our quest finally comes to fruition.

---- Jerald Terwilliger Chairman Emeritus American Cold War Veterans "We Remember" ---------------- "And so the greatest of American triumphs... became a peculiarly joyless victory. We had won the Cold War, but there would be no parades." -- Robert M. Gates, 1996

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

New Cold War Memorial

On Monday May 29, in a ceremony following their Memorial Day Parade the city of Warwick, RI announced that the city will be building a new memorial.  A Cold War Memorial, dedicated who served and gave their lives during the Cold War; between Sept. 1945 and Dec. 1991.

This is a welcome and deserved honor our Cold War Veterans, Warwick joins the growing list of cities, towns and states that are
now acknowledging that the Cold War was a real and dangerous period of time in the history of our nation.

The Cold War is still a misunderstood and almost forgotten era, during which the world stood on the brink of nuclear annihilation.

There were numerous "hot" events that could have turned into something much worse, and possibly led to WWIII. Many American lives were lost, many more were injured; in the struggle to contain Communism and free the world.

Our thanks to the city or Warwick, and wonder when Congress will finally decide to recognize and honor all Cold War Veterans. The Cold War ended in 1991, 26 years is too long to wait; soon there will be no Cold War Veterans left.

---- Jerald Terwilliger Chairman Emeritus American Cold War Veterans "We Remember" ---------------- "And so the greatest of American triumphs... became a peculiarly joyless victory. We had won the Cold War, but there would be no parades." -- Robert M. Gates, 1996