COLD WAR RECOGNITION CERTIFICATE
Congress has authorized the Secretary of Defense, to
award Certificates of Recognition for service in the Armed Forces during
the Cold War. If you or someone you know served in the Armed Forces
anytime during the period 2 Sep 1945 to 26 Dec 1991, that person is eligible
to receive this certificate. There are only two requirements for this
certificate: 1) Service in the Armed Forces during the eligible period,
and 2) an honorable or general under honorable conditions discharge.
Congress has authorized the certificate be issued to you but but has
not authorized the medal. You can buy the Navy Service
Medal and Cold War Medal at Medals
of America http://www.usmedals.com/
such places on the web. You can also buy a certificate
from a private company but only the Department of Defense will issue one
for free to you. It may take up to one year
from the time you apply for the certificate and the time you get it, so
if you want to get it for your Dad or someone as a present, then plan
ahead. Otherwise, buy him his medal from one of the private
companies, above. Congress voted to encourage Secretary of
Defense Rumsfeld to issue a Cold War Medal but the Secretary of Defense
stated through channels that veterans have been awarded other medals
that recognize their service and a separate Cold War medal is not needed
and thus will not be issued. The Pentagon also warned servicemen
that wearing a non authorized medal on their military uniform could
cause them to be fined and jailed 'for not less than six months.'
To receive this award, you must submit an application letter and proof
of service. Application may be made on-line, by FAX or mail. For more
information, please see the Cold War Certificate home page at
or US mail:
Cold War Recognition, 4035 Ridge Top Rd, Fairfax VA
War recognition certificate approved
WASHINGTON (AFPN) -- Secretary of Defense William S. Cohen has
approved a Cold War recognition certificate for award to all
members of the armed forces and federal government civilian
employees who faithfully served the United States during the Cold
War era, Sept. 2, 1945, to Dec. 26, 1991.
Congress established the Cold War certificate in Section 1084 of
fiscal 1998 National Defense Authorization Act.
The legislation states in part:
"The Congress finds the following:
"During the period of the Cold War, from the end of World War
the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, the United States and
the Soviet Union engaged in a global military rivalry.
"This rivalry, potentially the most dangerous military
the history of mankind, has come to a close without a direct
"Military and civilian personnel of the Department of
in the intelligence community, members of the foreign service, and
officers and employees of the United States faithfully performed
duties during the Cold War.
"Many such personnel performed their duties while isolated
and friends and served overseas under frequently arduous
conditions in order to protect the United States and achieve a
"The discipline and dedication of those personnel were
the prevention of a superpower military conflict."
The Department of Defense designated the Department of the Army as
the executive agent for the Cold War recognition certificate
program. The Army has established a home page at
that explains the correct procedures to request a Cold War
certificate. As previously announced, requests will be accepted by
Internet, fax or mail, beginning April 6.
Individuals who request the certificate must certify that they
both faithfully and honorably, whether as a member of the U.S.
armed forces or as a federal civilian employee, during the Cold
War era. Each mailed or faxed request must be accompanied by
official documentation verifying government service during the
Cold War era. Acceptable documentation includes any government
form that includes the applicant's name and social security number
or military service number or foreign service number, and the date
of service. Applicants should not send original documents to
verify federal service because the documents will not be returned
to the sender.
The mailing address for requests for the certificate is:
Cold War Recognition
4035 Ridge Top Road Suite 400
Fairfax, VA 22030
The fax number is (703) 275-6749. The electronic mail address is:
Requests sent by e-mail will not be
acted upon until the Fairfax office receives supporting
Requests made online will be maintained for one year to allow
ample time for individuals to forward supporting documents by fax
or mail. Individuals normally will receive a response within 30
days; however, the
turn-around time will depend upon the volume of requests received.
Applicants needing additional information may call the help desk