Yesterday, Michael Feldhausen, received a special home visit from the new director of the Oscar G. Johnson VA Medical Center. The purpose of the visit was to honor Feldhausen for his service, and present him with a commemorative lapel pin that is being given to all Vietnam veterans who served on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces between November 1, 1955, and May 15, 1975. Feldhausen served two tours in the 1960s, including service in Guam and Thailand.
The lapel pin was presented along with an official proclamation by the President of the United States of America for the commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War, and an insert that depicted a picture of the pin and a description of the symbolism that the items on the pin represent.
Feldhausen was delighted by the gesture, remarking, “They took the time out of the day to come over and present it. That’s twice the gift, you know. First, you get the gift, then you get their presence. You know, it always makes people feel warm.” Feldhausen plans to display the coin in his flag box.
Feldhausen was also presented with an additional commemorative honor, the official challenge coin of the Oscar G. Johnson VA Medical Center. The challenge coin features the symbol of the U.P. on the front, with a cabin in the woods on the back, and it was an additional military honor for Feldhausen and his wife Sharon during the home visit. While the lapel pin was handed out to all veterans at yesterday’s commemorative event in Iron Mountain, the challenge coin was a special recognition for Feldhausen and his outstanding service.
The Oscar G. Johnson VA Medical Center is committed to honoring and supporting veterans like Michael Feldhausen. Dr. John P. Shealey’s thoughtful and personalized visit is a testament to that dedication.
For more information about the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War, and for eligible veterans to find out how to receive their pin, visit: