The Missouri Veterans Recognition Program traces its roots to an April 23, 1919 Act of the Missouri General Assembly. This act authorized the Missouri National Guard Adjutant General to procure and present, as a token of the appreciation of the state, a medal to each member of the National Guard of Missouri who served with a Missouri unit and Veterans who served in the armed forces during the Spanish American War, Mexican Border Service or World War I.
World War I – U.S. Forces Medal & National Guard Missouri Medal – The awards consist of a medal only and are the original medal that was struck back in the early 1920’s and not a reproduction. We cannot guarantee the condition or quality of the medals or packaging. This program is currently “as is” on a “first come” bases until the supply is exhausted.
Veterans Recognition Office will determine eligibility by use of the Secretary of State’s digitized Soldiers War Records of World War I database. If we are unable to verify, the applicant will be required to provide proof (I.e. copies of military records, official documents, county records, obituaries, newspaper clippings, etc.).
**There are approximately 1,100 US Forces and 400 NGMO Medals, This medal program will end when the supply is exhausted**
The World War II awards program was announced in 2000, allowing every Missouri Veteran and spouses of deceased Veterans who honorably served during the period of Dec 7, 1941 to Dec 31, 1946, to apply for the award. World War II veterans who participated in the D-Day invasion of Europe are also eligible to receive a replica of the Jubilee of Liberty medal to date; more than approx. 46,497 WWII awards have been presented.
n the 2003 legislative session, the Korean War Medallion was added; to date approx.17,836 awards have been presented.
In the 2006 legislative session, the Vietnam War Medallion was added; to date approx. 29,020 awards have been presented.
In the 2014 legislative session, the Operation Desert Storm/Desert Shield and Operation Iraqi Freedom/New Dawn Medallions were added and are now available.
WWII, Korea , Vietnam, and Operation Desert Storm/Desert Shield and Operation Iraqi Freedom/New Dawn award programs consist of a medal, medallion, and certificate.
Jubilee of Liberty consist of a medal and certificate.
Veterans, spouses of veterans, or the eldest living survivor of veterans who meet the eligibility requirements below:
The Operation Desert Storm/Desert Shield medal, medallion, and certificate shall be awarded regardless of whether or not such veteran served within the United States or a foreign country.
Operation Iraqi Freedom
The Operation Iraqi Freedom/New Dawn medal, medallion, and certificate shall be awarded regardless of whether or not such veteran served within the United States or a foreign country.