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Vietnam War era veterans from Kansas to be honored in special ceremony

"This medallion, the things that we do here, hopefully we want to express our thanks for their service."

George Culbertson is talking about Kansas residents who are Vietnam War era veterans.

Culbertson, who served in the U.S. Marines Corps, and his colleague, Mike Bright, who served in the U.S. Navy, talk of honor and service.

The two gentlemen are working in conjunction with the American Legion Post 170 to find those who served so they can honor them with a special Vietnam War medallion from the state of Kansas. 

 "That time in our history was not the best time for our veterans and many of them did not receive the recognition they deserve," said Mike Bright.

A special ceremony to honor those who served will take place on July 19 in Chanute, when the traveling Vietnam War Wall Memorial will temporarily be in the city.

To qualify for the medallion, veterans must complete an application.

Bright encourages all residents to apply and come to the ceremony no matter where they live in the state. 

"I don't care whether you live in Chanute or the other side of the state if you're a Kansas veteran and you qualify for this medal, we want to honor you.

Both men say that although decades have passed, the reality of serving during that time will always be present

"I  know it's late, but better late than never," said Culbertson.

And the message will always be transcendent. 

"We want to say thank you brother," said Bright. "Thank you.. We appreciate you and we love you very much.

Applications for the medallions may be picked up at the American Legion Posts in Southeast Kansas, including Pittsburg, Chanute and Parsons.

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