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Cold War Recognition Certificate
Posted by: Jon M. Newton Date: April 29, 1999 at 09:18:45
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To whom is may concern:

Recognition for service during the Cold War
I am a retired First Sergeant who served 21 years in the US Army Military Intelligence Corps who also has a passing interest in genealogy. I received this publication in the mail this week and have applied online for the certificate, it was a painless process. I am passing this along to the "web-world" because I know there are many other veterans and families of veterans who may like this recognition certificate for themselves or their family history collection. The best official document for military personnel is the DD Form 214 or a copy of an Honorable Discharge. The website offers more information. Once you apply online you receive a CWRS Reference Number for tracking the status of the request. Expect long delays. In fact, don't even bother checking on the status for FOUR MONTHS! Once you have a CWRS reference Number you are "in the system". Believe me, I know the "system" can take a while to grind through the process, but, eventually you will be rewarded with an envelope in the mail and a certificate worthy of framing.

The Cold War era was one frought with danger for all of us, military and civilian alike. All those who served contributed to the successful and uneventful close of the Cold War. You or your descendants deserve recognition. It is now yours for the asking. If you have any questions, direct them to the contact numbers and addresses provided.

Jon M. Newton
1SG, (Ret.) US Army
Seattle, WA


Army Echos, A bulletin for the Army Retiree, Issue 1, Volume XLIII, 1999 (A publication for retired Army personnel)

Cold War certificate coming

Veterans and federal government civilian personnel who served during the Cold War era (from Sept. 2, 1945 to Dec. 26, 1991) are eligible for a Certificate of Recognition for this service signed by the Secretary of Defense. You may not apply for this certificate until April 5, 1999. If you wish to apply for this certificate, you should submit a copy (not the original) of any official government or military document with recipient's name, Social Security Number.military Service Number/Foriegn Service Number and date of service (during the Cold War era) to;
Cold War Recognition
4035 Ridge Top Road
Suite 400
Fairfax, VA 22030

FAX (703) 275-6749
e-mail (that is "emh1" - a number one (1), not the letter "ell" (l))
help desk (703) 275-6279

A sample request letter will be posted on the website at after April 5. If the eligibile person is deceased, a survivor may apply but only one certificate will be issued.

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