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    Under the 1998 National Defense Authorization Act, the Secretary of Defense approved awarding Cold War Recognition Certificates to all members of the armed forces and qualified federal government civilian personnel who faithfully and honorably served the United States anytime during the Cold War era, which is defined as Sept. 2, 1945 to Dec. 26, 1991.


    The program to issue the Cold War Recognition Certificate is run by the United States Army. There is an official Army web site where you can request Cold War Recognition Certificates. This site should be used by everyone who qualifies for the certificate, no matter which branch of the armed forces or agency of the federal government you served. Please click on the link:


    Cold War Recognition Certificates are available to qualified individuals at no cost. Any other sites offering to sell this certificate, a replica of the certificate, or anything else referred to as a Cold War medal or certificate, are not official sites and are not approved or endorsed by the US Army.


    The National Archives may be able to help you document your service.


    Military veterans, please see:


    Federal civilian employees, please see: