Veterans can pick up a new, free lapel pin commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War in person at Army and Air Force Exchange Service stores, some commissary locations or at partner events outside military gates nationwide.
The pin, which is being offered by the Pentagon's United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration program, will be available at AAFES stores from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on March 29, which is National Vietnam War Veterans Day. Free Vietnam veteran bumper stickers will also be available, AAFES officials said in a news release.
Any Vietnam veteran with base access can visit the store to claim the pin, and those who do not have base access can visit one of the community-based partner events instead, AAFES officials said. The Defense Commissary Agency will also give away the pins as part of Vietnam Veterans Day ceremonies at 70 commissaries worldwide, officials there said. A list of locations is available on the commissary's website, and visitors should call for information on times, the officials said.
Veterans will not need to show proof of service to get their pin, the officials said.
A complete list of community events can be found on the United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration website.
Veterans who need help finding an event where they can receive their pin can call the commemoration office at 877-387-9951 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.