Pensacola Vet Center Honors Vietnam Veterans and Surviving Spouses
The Pensacola Vet Center is holding a Vietnam War Commemoration ceremony. During the event, Vietnam War Veterans and surviving spouses will be recognized with a pinning ceremony.
Tuesday, March 29, 10 a.m.
Veterans Memorial Park, 200 S 10th Ave., Pensacola, FL 32502
Vietnam Veterans, their families and friends, and members of the public are encouraged to attend.
50th Anniversary of The Vietnam War
The 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War commemoration period initiated in 2015 and ending in 2025 directly corresponds to each year between 1965 and 1975, the inclusive dates U.S. combat troops were deployed in Vietnam. By Presidential Proclamation, the U.S.A. Vietnam War Commemoration will continue through Veterans Day, November 11, 2025.
“As authorized by Congress and on behalf of the nation, we are doing what should have been done 50 years ago: thanking and honoring our Vietnam veterans and their families for their service and sacrifice just as America did for the veterans of World War II and Korea,” said Pensacola Vet Center Director Douglas “Rush” McQueen.
According to the Department of Veterans Affairs, 9 million Americans served during the Vietnam War period and more than 6 million are living today.
“Like Veterans returning from today’s battlefields, those who served in Vietnam came home with both physical and unseen injuries of war,” said Veteran Outreach Program Specialist Michael P. “Tuck” Tucker. “Sadly, many of the unseen injuries suffered by our Vietnam veterans went undiagnosed and weren’t understood by our medical community, or citizenry, as they are now. We want Vietnam Veterans to know that we are here for them.”
About Vet Centers
Vet Centers are community-based counseling centers providing a broad range of counseling, outreach, and referral services, free-of-charge in a safe and confidential environment to eligible Veterans, service members, and their families.
Vet Center counselors and outreach staff, many of whom are Veterans themselves, are experienced and prepared to discuss the tragedies of war, loss, grief, and transition after trauma. Services include, but are not limited to, Post-Traumatic Stress, Military Sexual Trauma, and bereavement counseling; marriage and family therapy; resources for suicide intervention; and assistance with VA benefits.
Veterans and family members, who are not able to stop by this event, are encouraged to call the Vet Center Call Center at 1-877-WAR VETS. This is an around-the-clock, free, confidential call center where Veterans and their families can call to talk about their military experience or any other issue they are facing in their readjustment to civilian life.
For more information or to schedule a visit, contact the Pensacola Vet Center at 850-456-6113, located at 4504 Twin Oaks Drive in Pensacola. The hours of operation are Monday, 8 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.; Tuesday and Wednesday, 7 a.m. - 7 p.m.; Thursday, 7:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.; and Friday, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Saturdays are by appointment. For help after hours, call 1-877-WAR-VETS (1-877-927-8387).
The Pensacola Vet Center offers a variety of group counseling options, including SMART Recovery, Art Therapy, Guitars for Vets, Tai Chi, Spousal Support Group, Vietnam Veteran support, and other therapy/support groups.
Vet Center Mission Statement:
To welcome home and honor those who served, those still serving, and their families by reaching out to them, engaging their communities and providing them with quality readjustment counseling and timely referral.
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