On Saturday, Phyllis attended the Vietnam Veteran Honors program hosted by State Senator Tonya Anderson at Conyers First United Methodist Church. This honors/presentation event was a collaborated effort between State Sen. Tonya Anderson, The Walk of Heroes Veterans War Memorial and Conyers First UMC. The ceremony recognized veterans with honorable service during the Vietnam War (from June 1, 1954 to May 15, 1975; dates recognized by the Department of Defense).

GDVS Commissioner Mike Roby, State Senator Anderson, and local Vietnam activist Tommy Clack joined together in the presentation of the State Certificates of Honor and the Defense Department Commemorative Vietnam Veteran Lapel Pin; both in recognition of their honorable military service during the Vietnam War. Each certificate is personalized with the Vietnam War veteran’s name, rank, branch of service, and dates of service printed over the Seal of the State of Georgia and includes the official U.S. Department of Defense’s Vietnam War Commemorative Partner logo. They are signed by Gov. Nathan Deal and Commissioner Roby.

Of the over 18,700 certificates issued since March 2015, nearly 15,000 have been presented with the DoD Vietnam Veteran lapel pin in 270 presentation ceremonies across Georgia.

“We must never forget the service of each and every veteran. We must also go forward and enact the policies to make sure they have smooth transitions back to civilian life, prompt processing of VA benefits, and quality healthcare for life. Where the Federal government falls short on any of these needs, Georgia State Government must find ways to assist as necessary. We Must Bridge the Gap.” – Phyllis Hatcher