Veterans receive the commendation they deserve

Veterans and their family members fill out paperwork to get commendation long overdue.

In case you didn't already know, Monday is VeteranĂ¢??s Day and some local veterans are getting the commendation they deserve just in time.

Many veterans never received their medals or ribbons after returning home from war, so Roger Marsh and Jim Webb set up a veteran appreciation workshop to change that.

Veterans or their family members brought the proper discharge documentation to the Macon County Historical Society Museum on Saturday to apply for their awards.

Marsh and Webb took care of the rest.

An application and copy of the discharge are sent in to the National Personnel Records Center in Saint Louis, where they review the information and determine if any awards were ever issued.

If the awards were previously issued then the state will not provide a duplicate, but various vendors that specialize in military awards have replacements available for purchase.

At the end of it all, the veterans and their families have a special keepsake to commemorate the service.

"I was able to get everything from my dad, get it made up into a memory frame, and it's just really a piece of family pride that we're able to display on our wall and it's a conversation piece when folks come over for reunions," said Marsh.

If you missed out this time, and would like to get a hold of your loved one's medals, Marsh hopes to hold another veteran appreciation workshop in the spring.