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Four veterans honored in Jennings

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Four Southwest Louisiana veterans were presented the Louisiana Veterans' Honor Medal on Wednesday. (Source: Theresa Schmidt / KPLC) Four Southwest Louisiana veterans were presented the Louisiana Veterans' Honor Medal on Wednesday. (Source: Theresa Schmidt / KPLC)
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JENNINGS, LA (KPLC) -

Four Southwest Louisiana veterans were honored Wednesday in Jennings. A state official was at the Southwest Louisiana War Veterans home to present four residents with the Louisiana Veterans' Honor Medal.

The medal recipients were Thomas Doland, a WWII Navy veteran; Johnathyn Richardson, a Marine Corps veteran; Charles Marx, who served three tours in Vietnam; and Walter Butler, who served in WWII, Korea and Vietnam.

Gov. Bobby Jindal signed legislation in 2008 to create the Veterans' Honor Medal Program in order to recognize and honor all of Louisiana's veterans.

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 a honor medal designated by a gold star and a gold ribbon.

Supporters of the Southwest Louisiana Veteran's Home Ancillary ask patrons to attend an upcoming fundraiser on July 4 at 6 p.m. in the Lakeside Room of the Isle of Capri. The event will feature live music, dinner and fireworks. For more information or to purchase tickets, call Sandy Morgan at 337-802-8208.

"Uncle Sam doesn't pay for everything in the home," said Richard Morgan, President of the SWLA Veterans Home Ancillary Committee. "Therefore, what our committee does is raise funds for extra things that are needed in the home, the veterans home, such as the pond in the front, the gazebo, the sidewalk to go around the pond."

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