Candy Brown of Van Meter received a National Award from the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) and the Department of Defense at the State Board of Management meeting in Ames on Aug. 7. This award was to recognize her devoted efforts to recognize Vietnam Era Veterans.

She was nominated by State Regent Cindi Carter. Carter was impressed with her dedication to this project and has personally observed her commitment.

Candy has helped with numerous activities across the state and volunteered her expertise when needed. She is a member of the Jean Marie Cardinell Chapter of Des Moines. They have recognized over 6,700 since 2013 but there are so many who still haven’t heard of this recognition.

A special lapel pin is given to any active duty service person who served between 1955 and 1975 no matter the location. There are also honors for four other categories:


Immediate family members of MIAs

Immediate family members of those listed on the wall

And spouses of deceased Vietnam Era Veterans.

For more information on the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War, please visit or contact Candy at