The Louisiana Veterans Honor Medal was created by Act 695 of 2008 Louisiana Legislature. The intention is to recognize and honor all Louisiana veterans. One side of the medal bears an outline of the state and the words, “United States Armed Forces.” The flip side reads, “Louisiana appreciates your service to our country.” All medals may be worn over the neck or pinned on a jacket. Some medals are distinguished for veterans killed in action or wounded in action; others designate veterans who were prisoners of war.
The Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs encourages all eligible Louisiana veterans to apply to receive their Honor Medal. Military personnel killed while on active duty and deceased veterans are also eligible for the medal.
Medals are being presented during special ceremonies throughout Louisiana at appointed times. Veterans must be prequalified to receive their Honor Medal during the ceremony.
I received a notice approximately a week prior to the presentation yesterday that I was invited to receive my Louisiana Veterans Honor Medal in a ceremony to be held at Christian Worship Center in Alexandria and awarded by Governor Bobby Jindal.
My wife (Kay) and I headed to the Christian Worship Center and arrived about 11:30am and the ceremony was to begin at 11:45am. Finally around 12:15pm Governor Jindal arrived and the ceremony began. The Secretary of the Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs began the program and introduced the Governor and then the Pledge was said and National Anthem was sung.
Governor Jindal gave an address and spoke of many veterans and several of those in the audience that had given so much for their country. His address lasted approximately 30 minutes and then he proceeded to award personally the medal to the 143 veterans that were in attendance. As you can see I received mine and it is a beautiful medal that hangs around your neck that can be worn that way or pinned on a jacket.
If you meet the criteria below you can download the application for the medal at the following web site: http://vetaffairs.la.gov/files/45.pdf
This is a pdf and is able to be printed off. Once filled out simply submit it to the Louisiana Department of Veterans affairs and you will be notified of the presentations in and around the state.
Eligibility criteria include:
• Veteran served in the U.S. armed forces during wartime or peacetime;
• Veteran received an honorable discharge or died prior to separation;
• Veteran is a current Louisiana resident, was a Louisiana resident upon entering military service or was a resident at the time of death.
For military personnel killed on active duty, attach DD Form 1300/death certificate. Attach DD-214 form, and mail completed application to:
Veterans Honor Medal
P.O. Box 94095 Capital Station
Baton Rouge, LA, 70804
If you have questions about the Louisiana Veterans Honor Medal Program, please call 1-877-GEAUXVA.
A special thank you to the great Governor of the State of Louisiana, Bobby Jindal, for thinking and remembering the veterans of his state and recognizing them in this very special way and with a very beautiful medal. All that received it were honored and it showed!