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The Vet to Vet Tennessee (VTVT) Challenge Coin, which is 1.5” – 3mm Thick High Polish Gold Challenge Coins w/Color both sides – Rope Cut Edge, shows the VTVT motto on the front (“heads”), “Each One, Reach One, Teach One.” On the reverse (“tails”), we have the name of our organization – by proudly displaying the US flag with two dog tags. Left dog tag “Vet to Vet Tennessee; right dog tag “Remembering Those Who Have Served
On the “heads” side of the coin, our motto shows three white stars inside a red band in a blue background, where the stars represent our motto and the grand divisions of Tennessee. On the “tails” side the coin is surrounded by a blue band and an American flag as the background with 2 dog tags. The coin was designed in 2017 by Don & Sheryn Davis, Ed Junod, and an artist working for Challenge Coins LLC.
Challenge coins are now in widespread usage. They are typically viewed as a relatively recent military tradition (possibly dating to the early 1900s, depending on your reference source. Other sources push the history back as far as the Roman Empire. We’ll leave the historical “facts” to those who want to do their own research.) The “challenge” part has two general storylines: (1) to identify one soldier as a member of a unit when “challenged” by a sentry or other soldier (regardless of whether the other soldier was a friend or foe); and (2) to be used by soldiers in a bar or restaurant. Whomever is challenged has to produce a coin from the same unit, or their home or another unit, and either the person who is last to show his or her coin, or the one who does not have a coin at all, has to buy the next round of drinks or the meal (all depending on the local “rules”, or those upon which the parties agree.)
VTVT’s coins have more functional uses. They represent the proud history and community building of this all-volunteer organization, and they are often given out to dignitaries and visitors as a more permanent way of remembering the organization than a simple business card. We also use the coins as a special thank you to people for a job exceptionally well done.
Many people collect “challenge coins” from all the units in which they have served, or wherever they have visited. Others collect them for snapshots of unit histories, or just because they are attractive. Whatever your reason for buying a VTVT coin, we hope you enjoy yours for many years to come.
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