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This letter of appreciation from President Richard Nixon was presented to all honorably discharged soldiers. It reads:
CERTIFICATE OF APPRECIATION
FOR SERVICE IN THE ARMED FORCES OF THE UNITED STATES
JOHN JOSEPH SCHNEIDER PRIVATE UNITED STATES ARMY 24 APRIL 1972-22 APRIL 1974
I extend to you my personal thanks and the sincere appreciation of a grateful nation for your contribution of honorable service to our country. You have helped maintain the security of the nation during a critical time in its history with a devotion to duty and a spirit of sacrifice in keeping with the proud tradition of the military service.
I trust that in the coming years you will maintain an active interest in the Armed Forces and the purpose for which you served.
My best wishes to you for happiness and success in the future.
Richard Nixon, Commander in Chief