Vietnam Era Veterans Recognition and Town Hall Meeting Planned in Alexandria - St. Cloud VA Health Care System
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St. Cloud VA Health Care System


Vietnam Era Veterans Recognition and Town Hall Meeting Planned in Alexandria

January 16, 2018

A ceremony honoring Vietnam era Veterans living in Douglas County and surrounding areas followed by a town hall meeting focused on improving VA health care services and program is scheduled on Feb. 20, at 5 p.m., at Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 936, located at 1102 3rd Ave East, in Alexandria, Minnesota.

According to Kerri Schwegel, Outreach Coordinator for the St. Cloud VA, many Vietnam Veterans have never been told “thank-you.”

“We want to change that,” she said.

The St. Cloud VA is a commemorative partner in the national Vietnam War Commemoration, and is committed to publicly thanking and honoring Vietnam Veterans and their families.

“Vietnam era Veterans and families desiring to participate in the commemoration event can simply show up and check in,” Schwegel said.

The Vietnam era Veteran recognition ceremony is the first item on the agenda and the town hall meeting will take place immediately afterwards.

Beginning at 4 p.m., County Veteran Services and VA staff will be available to discuss enrollment in VA health care and provide information on the full range of Veterans benefit programs.

About the Vietnam War Commemoration:

Authorized by Congress, established under the Secretary of Defense, and launched by the President in May 2012, the Vietnam War Commemoration recognizes all men and women who served on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces from November 1, 1955 to May 15, 1975.  Nine million Americans, approximately 7 million living today, served during that period, and the Commemoration makes no distinction between Veterans who served in-country, in-theater, or were stationed elsewhere during that period. All answered the call of duty.  

By presidential proclamation issued on May 25, 2012, the Commemoration extends from its inaugural event on Memorial Day 2012 through Veterans Day 2025. 

To learn more about the Vietnam War Commemoration, go to: