In the words of our founder, Henry J. Talge, “The Vietnam War was a very unpopular war and the boys who went and came back were shamefully abused and looked down upon. And in our book it was a disgrace the way we treated them.” With those thoughts in mind, he initiated the Silver Veteran’s Medal. By so doing, this Foundation is one of the first organizations in America to pay tribute to the duty performed by these Vietnam veterans.
The first Silver Veteran’s Medal was awarded in 1973 by Foundation Honoree Earl Warren, the former Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court. In 1992 the Foundation voted to include veterans of all wars in the selection process for the Harry S. Truman Silver Veteran’s Medal.
The award was renamed the Philip Pistilli Silver Veteran’s Medal in 2003, in honor of the Foundation’s late President and Chairman.