WASHINGTON (CBSDC) – The Cold War was a state of political and military tension from after World War II until the day the Soviet Union dissolved. The men and women who served in the military during that time would like a little recognition, such as an authorized service medal or a memorial in Washington, D.C.
“That’s always on my mind, what I went through,” Tom Cameron, 76, told the Detroit Free Press. “What I want is some kind of memorial in D.C. for the veterans that got killed over there. People don’t even know about it.”
Cameron served in the Army’s 12th Calvary, 3rd Armored Division. His unit lost 16 people when an 8-inch howitzer shell with an incorrect charge was overshot and exploded at a training ground in Germany on Sept. 2, 1960.
According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, there are almost 22 million veterans, with more than 16 million of them considered wartime veterans.
There is no specific breakdown for Cold War veterans.
There are many supporters across the country that feels Washington, D.C. should have a memorial for Cold War veterans.
The Defense Department established a Cold War recognition certificate in 1999.
Some people who served during this time were not wartime or did not see combat are not eligible for some veteran groups, such as the American Legion. The American Legion is for wartime veterans.
There is currently a petition on Change.org which is trying to bring attention to the Cold War and its veterans.
“We believe these men and women should be recognized,” Albert Lepine, chairman of American Cold War Veterans, told the Detroit Free Press.