Special recognition for Cold War veterans announced

By WKTV News

(WKTV) - A new state certificate for the more than 900,000 New Yorkers who served in the military during the Cold War is now available, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Thursday.

The New York State Cold War Certificate honors the service of New Yorkers who served in the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force or Coast Guard, along with their reserve components, as well as the Army and Air National Guard, during the 46-year standoff between the U.S. and the Soviet Union.

The New York State Cold War Certificate is available to any New York resident who served in the military and was honorably discharged between Sept. 2, 1945, and Dec. 26, 1991.

The certificate states: "In recognition of your service during the period of the Cold War, 2 September 1945-26 December 1991, in protecting peace and stability for this nation, the people of the State of New York are forever grateful."

The certificate can be obtained from the New York State Division of Military and Naval Affairs. Applicants can prove their service with a DD 214, indicating an honorable discharge or a discharge in honorable circumstances from active duty, an NGB Form 22, indicating honorable discharge from the Army or Air National Guard, or a WD AGO Form 53-55, issued by the War Department before the creation of the Department of defense.

Information on how to apply may be found by clicking here or by calling (518) 591-5296.

"Those who grew up during the Cold War remember the fear and anxiety it inspired," Cuomo said. "The tens of thousands of New Yorkers who served during that time deserve our heartfelt gratitude. The United States Congress formally recognized these veterans in 1998, and it is time New York State does the same."

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