Ceremony to Honor Local Vietnam War Veterans

Senator Randy Vulakovich is hosting a special ceremony on April 13 to recognize and honor the Vietnam War veterans of the 38th Senatorial District.

The ceremony will be held at the Shaler Area Middle School, 1810 Mt. Royal Boulevard in Glenshaw, beginning at 3:00 p.m.

Senator Vulakovich and state Adjutant General Brigadier General Anthony Carrelli will present Vietnam veterans with a special commemorative pin during the ceremony.  Retired state Senator Bob Robbins, a decorated Vietnam War veteran, will be the keynote speaker at the ceremony.

 “Vietnam was an ugly war and our returning soldiers were not always greeted with respect, said Senator Vulakovich, Chairman of the Senate Veterans Affairs & Emergency Preparedness Committee.  “Today – 50 years later – we are correcting this injustice by thanking these heroes that served during this tumultuous period.  The pin we will be presenting to our local veterans is a collective thank you from a grateful Commonwealth.”

The 2008 National Defense Authorization Act authorized the US Secretary of Defense to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War and create the special pin that will be presented to the veterans.

In order to participate in the upcoming event, the pin recipient must be a military veteran who served on active duty any time between Nov. 1, 1955 and May 15, 1975, regardless of stationing location. Registration is required and may be done by calling Senator Vulakovich’s District Office at (412) 487-6600.

Contact:         Melissa Girty   (412) 487-6600

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