Kowall announces new programs to honor Michigan mothers and wives of the Vietnam era

Sen. Mike Kowall

Sen. Mike Kowall

LANSING, Mich. — Michigan Senate Majority Floor Leader Mike Kowall, in conjunction with the United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration, on Tuesday announced two new programs to honor mothers and wives (at the time of service) of Vietnam veterans.

Kowall is asking Michigan Gold Star Mothers or Gold Star Wives of the Vietnam era to contact Director of District Affairs Lynn O’Brien at 517-373-0563 to receive either an “In Memory Of” or “Deceased Vietnam Veteran’s Surviving Spouse” Certificate of Honor and lapel pin.

“These two programs are ways to recognize and show gratitude for the incredible sacrifice and support of the families of those who served their country during the Vietnam era,” said Kowall, R-White Lake. “We owe our freedom not only to those who have laid down their lives for us but to their families as well.”

The “In Memory Of” program honors immediate family members of veterans listed on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C.

The “Deceased Vietnam Veteran’s Surviving Spouse” program honors the surviving spouse at the time of death of a veteran who served on active duty in the U.S. armed forces at any time from Nov. 1, 1955 – May 15, 1975, regardless of location.

For the past several years, Kowall has held numerous formal Vietnam veteran lapel pinning ceremonies, in both Lansing and throughout the state, and often in conjunction with local legislative colleagues.

Information regarding the United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration can be found at www.vietnamwar50th.com.