"A Time to Honor" books now available


Recently, the State of Iowa funded the printing of “A Time to Honor: Stories of Service, Duty, and Sacrifice from the Vietnam War,” in a special Iowa edition. These books, which contain stories from all branches of service in the war, are now available to veterans free through county Veterans Affairs offices.

The Iowa edition includes a letter from former Governor Terry Branstad, words from state VA administrators, and notes on state monuments and museums that memorialize those who served in the war. A list of Iowa Medal of Honor recipients is also included.

Chris Oliver, Veterans Affairs administrator for Wright County, praised the books’ quality.

“They are beautiful and I want everyone to have one,” she said.

Books are available on a first-come, first-served basis to the first 126 “boots on the ground” Vietnam veterans who claim them. The VA office, located in the professional building at 120 1st Ave NW, is open between 7 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. on weekdays. Oliver asks that those who want to pick up a book call her first at 515-602-6208 since she occasionally has to step out for meetings. To receive a book, you must bring a copy of your DD214 with both the Vietnam Campaign Medal and Vietnam Service Medal noted. Books are also available to surviving spouses of Vietnam veterans, who should bring a proof of Dependency Indemnity Compensation (DIC) form.

 

For more information, see the July 6 edition of the Monitor.