Medal for World War II vets.
For more than a decade, the state of Missouri has awarded medals and certificates to all its native -- or transplanted -- sons and daughters who've served in World War II, the Korean War or the Vietnam War . And the program is coming up on quite a milestone: 100,000 veterans recognized.
The Missouri Veterans Recognition Program started in 1919, when the Missouri General Assembly authorized an act to present National Guard veterans who'd served in the Spanish-American War, Mexican Border Service or World War I with medals of appreciation. In 2000, the program was expanded to WW II vets; in 2003 to Korean War vets, and in 2006 to Vietnam War vets.
Veterans themselves or surviving spouses or eldest relatives can apply
, and if the veteran was honorably separated from the military and lived in Missouri when then joined or left the military or died, they'll be honored with a medal and certificate.
To those 100,000 veterans, those who haven't applied, and those serving in our current conflicts: Thanks.