Soldier for Life

Army announces new Retired Soldier logo By Mark E. Overberg, Deputy Chief, Army Retirement Services On July 29, Secretary of the Army John McHugh approved a new logo for the Soldier for Life program. The new logo, which incorporates the Army trademark, includes one variation for Retired Soldiers and another for veterans. The new logos will be incorporated into existing Army regulations and be available for issue and purchase over the next year. Secretary McHugh’s decision reinforces the Army leadership’s belief that Retired Soldiers and veterans are Soldiers for Life whose dedicated service to the nation should be recognized. The Army expects the lapel buttons will initiate conversations with Americans who see them. This will allow Retired Soldiers and veterans to tell their Army stories and reinforce the bond between Americans and their Army. Items newly approved by Secretary McHugh include: • Soldier for Life - Retired lapel button for wear by Retired Soldiers on civilian clothing • Soldier for Life lapel button for wear by veterans on civilian clothing • Soldier for Life Retired Identification Badge for wear by Retired Soldiers on the Army Service Uniform (ASU) Unit commanders will award the SFL lapel button to Soldiers of all components who complete their military service with an honorable discharge before earning a military retirement. Commanders will award the SFL-Retired lapel button and a similar window sticker to retiring Soldiers of all components as a part of the Army Retiring Soldier Commendation Program package that also includes and United States flag and a letter of commendation from the Army’s senior leaders. Retired Soldiers and veterans who were presented the previous lapel buttons may continue to wear them or purchase the new lapel buttons when they become available in the next few months through the military clothing sales, AAFES, and retail stores. Retired Soldiers who have already purchased the U. S. Army Retired ID Badge for their ASUs may wear it or may purchase and wear the new SFL Retired ID Badge when it becomes available.

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