In addition to providing lapel pins for Vietnam War-period veterans, the Vietnam War Commemoration has four certificates available to honor specific groups of veterans and family members.

The Certificate of Honor program recognizes individuals in these four categories:

  • Living former prisoners of war from the Vietnam War, as listed by the Defense Department.
  • Immediate family members of U.S. military personnel listed by DoD as missing and unaccounted for from the Vietnam War.
  • Immediate family members of veterans listed on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.  
  • Surviving spouses (from time of death) of a veteran who served between Nov. 1, 1955, and May 15, 1975.

Those eligible for the above awards must obtain them through a commemorative partner — a local organization that works with the commission.

To find out more about partners in your area, as well as specific eligibility requirements, visit, call the commemoration offices at 877-387-9951, or email

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