Veterans urged to apply for honor medal
The Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs encourages all eligible Louisiana veterans to apply to receive their Honor Medal. Military personnel killed while on active duty are also eligible for the medal.
Medals are being presented during special ceremonies throughout Louisiana at appointed times. Veterans must be pre-qualified to receive their Honor Medal during the ceremony.
Veterans seeking the Honor Medal must submit a copy of their DD-214/ discharge papers and a completed application (download form at www.vetaffairs.com). Recipients will be notified by mail when the application has been processed.
Eligibility criteria include:
• Veteran served in the U.S. armed forces during wartime or peacetime;
• Veteran received an honorable discharge or died prior to separation;
• Veteran is a current Louisiana resident, was a Louisiana resident upon entering military service or was a resident at the time of death.
For military personnel killed on active duty, attach DD Form 1300/death certificate. Attach DD-214 form, and mail completed application to:
Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs, Veterans Honor Medal, P.O. Box 94095 Capital Station, Baton Rouge, LA, 70804
Governor Jindal signed legislation in 2008 to create the Veterans’ Honor Medal Program in order to recognize and honor all of Louisiana’s veterans. The program is managed by the Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs.
The Veterans’ Honor Medal is gold-plated and comes with a blue ribbon. One side shows the state of Louisiana with “United States” embossed above and “Armed Forces” below. The other side bears the words, “Louisiana appreciates your service to our country.”
Veterans who sustained a wound in battle will receive an honor medal designated by a silver star and a purple ribbon.
Families of veterans who were killed in action will receive an honor medal designated by a gold star and a gold ribbon.