Veteran's Assistance

The links provided below are intended for the purpose of providing our shipmates and others with helpful information and opportunities for research.  The content of the websites referenced are the responsibility of their respective organizations and USS Duluth Crewmembers Association makes no claim nor takes any responsibility for the content or accuracy of the websites’ information.


Sadly, 20+ U.S. Military Veterans commit suicide every day.  If you or someone you know is struggling and needs help, please use one of these to contact someone at the VA Veterans Crisis Line who can help: (800) 273-8255 then press 1, or confidential chat at VeteransCrisisLine.net or text to 838255  Here are links to some additional information on this:




*** Informational Links for Health Related Matters ***

    Below, are links that may prove helpful to USS Duluth crew members and/or their families pertaining to the use of and exposure to, Agent Orange.

  1. Defense Technical Information Center: Agent Orange Exposure
  2. U.S. Department of Veteran's Affairs: Ships List of Exposure to Agent Orange
  3. U.S. Department of Veteran's Affairs: Agent Orange Exposure Claims
  4. Agent Orange Zone blogspot

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    Mesothelioma also plagues many Navy Veterans, as asbestos was used extensively on U.S. Navy ships.  Below, are links to sites with information that may be helpful for veterans and their families struggling with mesothelioma and related issues:






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  For those who may be experiencing sleep related issues, the links below may provide some helpful information.

This page deals specifically with PTSS (post traumatic stress syndrome) and sleep:
          

     https://www.tuck.com/trauma-and-sleep/ 


This is the home page of the site:

(Many categories of useful information can be found under the "Sleep Disorders" & "Sleep Resources" categories, near the top of the home page.)


     https://www.tuck.com/ 


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The National Council for Aging Care's Guide on Military Veteran Benefit Options:


   http://www.aging.com/complete-guide-for-veteran-seniors/


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Cold War Recognition Certificate Program

Cold War Recognition Certificate Program:

In accordance with section 1084 of the Fiscal Year 1998 National Defense Authorization Act, the Secretary of Defense approved awarding Cold War Recognition Certificates to all members of the armed forces and qualified federal government civilian personnel who faithfully and honorably served the United States anytime during the Cold War era, which is defined as Sept. 2, 1945, to Dec. 26, 1991, are eligible.

This ( https://www.hrc.army.mil/TAGD/Awards%20and%20Decorations%20Branch%20-%20Cold%20War%20Certificate%20Program ) is the only official site on which to request Cold War Recognition Certificates. This site is operated by the United States Army, the executive agency for the Cold War Recognition Program. Cold War Recognition Certificates are available to qualified individuals at no cost. Any other site offering these certificates or replicas for sale or purchase are not official sites and are not approved or endorsed by the US Army.

Due to the remarkable success of this program, turn-around time for mailing certificates will be a
 minimum of two months. The CWRS Operations Team is working as fast as possible to clear the backlog. Please do not request feedback prior to 2 months from the request date. Thank you for your patience and interest in the Cold War Recognition program.

All members of the armed forces and federal government civilian personnel who faithfully served the United States during the Cold War era, Sept. 2, 1945, to Dec. 26, 1991, are eligible. Individuals requesting a certificate will certify that their character of service was honorable. Acceptable supporting document for proof of service is any official government or military document with recipient's name, Social Security Number or Military Service Number or Foreign Service Number, and date of service. Please only send copies of supporting documents.

To apply for a certificate, follow these instructions to submit your application.

  1. Fill out the application available from the link below or at the website provided above.  Complete all fields that are applicable.
  2. Print the application. You must certify your honorable service by signing and dating the application or your application will be rejected. If you are unable to print the application you may submit a signed and dated letter containing the same information as the application. You must include the phrase "I confirm my faithful and honorable service to the nation during the Cold War Era."
  3. Mail or fax the application to the Cold War Office along with your supporting document to:

Commander, USAHRC
Cold War Recognition Program
ATTN: AHRC-PDP-A, Dept 480
1600 Spearhead Division Avenue
Fort Knox, KY 40122-5408

You may email your application to the usarmy.knox.hrc.mbx.tagd-awards@mail.mil.

An acceptable supporting document includes any official government or military document that contains the recipient's name, Social Security Number or Military Service Number or Foreign Service Number, and a date showing at least one day of service during the Cold War era (2 September 1945 to 26 December 1991).

You may also contact via email
 usarmy.knox.hrc.mbx.tagd-awards@mail.mil.

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     The information provided here about the Cold War Recognition Certificate Program was reprinted from the official web page(s).  Refer to the official website whose URL is provided in the second paragraph above for more information, FAQ's etc.


    Below, you will find the PDF file with the application for obtaining your certificate.

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