Records had to be ordered and reviewed by the Marines to determine that Veazey was eligible for the honor. Then, that information had to be sent on to the U.S. Department of Defense, which also had to come to the same determination.
“I think we benefited from those people who came before us, who fought the fight,’’ she said when asked about the two-year effort.
Through the years, she said, standards put in place to determine who is eligible for the memorial have become clearer. After the official review, military officials agreed with the Parkers that Veazey met the criteria of having sustained a wound in Vietnam that eventually led to his death.
Lee Allen, a former Oklahoman who now serves as a spokesman for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund, said the organization schedules the engravings, but leaves the final decision to military officials.
“We just follow orders,’’ Allen said. “Each request is judged on its own merit.”
After the ceremony today, which also will be used to honor Mother’s Day, Allen said Veazey and the three others added to the wall will be celebrated again on Memorial Day.