We all answered the call -- drafted or volunteered, when it was popular and when it was not -- America needed it's guardians of freedom and we were there. Our members served around the globe for 46 years ensuring freedom would not disappear at the hands of totalitarian communist regimes. We did it at places most of the world never heard of and at locations that made routine headlines. We did it in the air, on land and at sea. We served with our active duty forces, our reserve forces and with the National Guard. We served with conviction and honor. We served with pride. We are the AMERICAN COLD WAR VETERANS™.
COLD WAR is a term that invites stereotypes, and yet involved many shades of warfare – conventional and unconventional, open and in the shadows. We served in all kinds of roles, from the mundane headquarters jobs to the front lines, in the bunkers of NORAD and over Soviet airspace, tracking Soviet submarines and detecting enemy radar and signals along the coast of North Korea and the USSR, deployed to Nike Hercules nuclear missile units that defended such familiar places as New Jersey to forward locations along the Iron Curtain and Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ), and in places of which many had never heard. Sometimes, the Cold War turned very hot, and we accepted that risk.
Now we, our families, and our friends are determined to see that the service and sacrifice of the Cold War is understood, remembered, and recognized. For those whose service has gone unrecognized American Cold War Veterans are taking the lead in securing that long lost recognition. Many of our members participated and continue to participate with other Veteran Service Organizations to help all Veterans but felt there was a void and lack of progress in guaranteeing that Cold War Veterans were among those receiving that help. To that end, we came together and pledged our time and resources to make Cold War Veteran recognition a priority. Where others have tried and failed to make progress for the Cold War Veteran, we dedicate ourselves to that cause.
We now stand on four guiding principles. These pillars, our foundation, are to focus on these four items. First, we will continue to push for May 1st to be a day of recognition in all fifty states and eventually, a National Day of Remembrance. Second, for the unsung men and women who did their duty, a Cold War Victory Medal to show the world our commitment to world peace was worth their sacrifices. Third, a national memorial to honor the sacrifices of those who paid the ultimate price to preserve our freedom during the Cold War. Lastly, to keep the memories and lessons of the Cold War in the minds of the people and eventually, to educate our youth as to the cost and sacrifices made to keep the free world safe and extend the cause of liberty.
Our history and our future began on August 18, 2007. In Independence Missouri at the Truman Presidential Library, a group of Cold War Veterans, with a vision and a determination met for the first time. There they forged a plan. There, they took their first steps together on a journey of their own choosing. With Dr. Frank Tims being named the first Chairman of the newly formed American Cold War Veterans, the die was cast and an organization was born. Yes, the journey has just begun but together with the support of our members, we will achieve those four guiding principles. We hope that you will join us and together we will make history.
Founding: American Cold War Veterans meet at the Truman Library August 18, 2007
On Saturday August 18th the founding meeting was held in INDEPENDENCE, Mo. - Cold War veterans from throughout the country attended a meeting creating a new veterans service organization. "The time has come for those who served during the Cold War, America's longest war; to finally be recognized for their service" said Frank Tims, Ph.D. "It is time to tell the truth about the Cold War, and to recognize its forgotten heroes." Thanks to all who attended!