50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War

CalVet seeks to support activities commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War. If your organization plans to host an event marking this important historical era, please send details to pao.calvet@calvet.ca.gov.

CalVet will include your event on our online calendar and, with enough lead time (typically at least 90 days in advance), we can assist event organizers in obtaining materials such as lapel pins, buttons, certificates, posters, and stickers from the Department of Defense (DoD) to honor Vietnam Veterans attending the event.

Please submit the following information:
• Event name
• Sponsoring organization (s)
• Time and location
• Contact name and phone number or e-mail address
• How many Vietnam Veterans you expect to attend (for pins)

The goals of the DoD Vietnam War Commemorative Program are:
1. To thank and honor veterans of the Vietnam War, including personnel who were held as prisoners of war (POW), or listed as missing in action (MIA), for their service and sacrifice on behalf of the United States and to thank and honor the families of these veterans.
2. To highlight the service of the Armed Forces during the Vietnam War and the contributions of Federal agencies and governmental and non-governmental organizations that served with, or in support of, the Armed Forces.
3. To pay tribute to the contributions made on the home front by the people of the United States during the Vietnam War.
4. To highlight the advances in technology, science, and medicine related to military research conducted during the Vietnam War.
5. To recognize the contributions and sacrifices made by the allies of the United States during the Vietnam War.