Vietnam Veteran Pinning at the National Gathering

Are you a Vietnam veteran? Do you know a Vietnam veteran? This year at the 2017 National Gathering of American Indian Veterans, Trickster Art Gallery is inviting all Vietnam veterans to be pinned and thanked for their service by a representative from the Pentagon. If Vietnam veterans register for the event here, they will also receive a certificate of honor from the Department of Defense to be handed out at the pinning ceremony.

Major General James T. Jackson, who serves as the Director of the United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration, will be pinning veterans on Saturday July 22nd at Cantigny Park in Wheaton, IL. This national effort was instituted by the U.S. Government under the auspices of the Department of Defense to do what should have been done 50 years ago: thank and honor Vietnam veterans and their families for their service and sacrifice.

MG Jackson initially joined the Commemoration staff in 2012 as a senior adviser. In this capacity, the General helped develop partnerships with federal, state, and local communities, veterans’ groups and other nongovernmental organizations. Today, more than 10,000 Commemorative Partners across the country are committed to assisting the nation in recognizing our 7 million living Vietnam veterans and the 9 million families of those who served from November 1, 1955 to May 15, 1975.

MG Jackson military career began in 1971, as an Army Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) graduate from Kent State University. Serving in the Army for 32 years, his assignments took him around the world, including postings with the 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, North Carolina; the 2nd Ranger Battalion at Fort Lewis, Washington; the Republic of Korea; and as an Army ROTC instructor at the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse. MG Jackson also commanded a wide variety of U.S. Army units, including the 1st Battalion 505th Parachute Infantry at Fort Bragg, North Carolina; the 3rd Ranger Battalion and 75th Ranger Regiment at Fort Benning, Georgia; and The U.S. Army Military District of Washington. Upon retirement from the U.S. Army, MG Jackson worked as a senior executive in the public sector for two different companies and participated in a three-month deployment in Iraq to support the Coalition Provisional Authority. After serving for eight years, he retired from the public sector.