Tonawanda News — Assemblyman Robin Schimminger issued a statement this week urging veterans who served during the Cold War to apply for the state’s new certificate.
“The time to honor our state’s Cold Warriors is long overdue,” he said.
Schimminger noted that the end of the Cold War and the fall of the Berlin Wall were not met with parades, monuments or victory medals. A new state law created the New York State Cold War Certificate to honor veterans who served during the period.
“At a time when the threat of nuclear war put Americans at unease, Cold Warriors stood ready to take action and their service to this great nation deserves recognition,” Schimminger said in the statement.
Cold War veterans took part in airlifting supplies to Berlin in 1948, they were on alert when Egypt claimed the Suez Canal in 1956 and they blockaded Cuba during the 1962 missile crisis. The veterans also took up their battle stations when crises occurred in Korea and Vietnam and when conflicts took place in other countries, such as Lebanon and Grenada.
To be eligible for the certificate, applicants must be a citizen of New York state or a former citizen of the state when they were serving in the armed forces. Applicants must have been honorably discharged or discharged upon honorable circumstances, and served between Sept. 2, 1945 and Dec. 26, 1991.
The Cold War certificate is in the design stage and will be available soon. Veterans who are interested in applying for the certificate can contact Schimminger’s office by calling 873-2540 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.