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Veteran Challenge Coins

U.S.DOD Coins is the best place to get your custom US Military Veteran challenge coins.

“Never was so much owed by so many to so few.” - Winston Churchill

Veterans Custom Challenge Coins

“Citizen Airmen”

United States Veterans are some of the bravest and most selfless people in our country and a very popular custom challenge coin. 

Veterans put their lives on the line every day to protect our freedoms and way of life. We owe them a debt of gratitude that we can never truly repay.

These men and women have sacrificed so much for us, and we must do everything we can to support them. That's why Veterans Day is such an important holiday, and it’s a time for us to come together and show our appreciation for all that they have done for us.

That’s why we enjoy minting custom veteran challenge coins that acknowledge veterans and remind the world of the sacrifice they’ve made for all our freedoms– and not just on Veterans Day, but everyday.

Many veterans never returned from war or their dangerous military duties, but they live on in our hearts and memories. It is also not unusual to see veterans thanking each other for their service.

Veteran Salute POW MIA

Custom veteran challenge coins and custom lapel pins are a great way to give a special gift and keepsake to fellow veterans. No one cares about serving their country more than you do, and now you can personalize your own quality commemorative veterans coin of the highest quality and craftsmanship.


Custom Challenge Coins Commemorating Wars American Veterans Have Served In

As a veteran, you’re a part of history. Since the Revolutionary War, American veterans have fought in many wars. 

Here is a list of some of the most notable ones, and also popular topics and themes to show up on veterans challenge coins for all 4 branches of the U.S. Armed Forces, including the U.S. Coast Guard at times of war:

Revolutionary War Challenge Coins (1775-1783) 

War of 1812 Challenge Coins (1812-1815) 

American Civil War Challenge Coins (1861-1865) 

Spanish-American War Coins (1898) 

World War I Challenge Coins (1914-1918) 

World War II Veteran Challenge Coins (1939-1945)

Korean War Veteran Challenge Coins (1950-1953)

Vietnam War Challenge Coins (1964-1975)

Gulf War / Desert Storm Challenge Coins (1991)

Iraq War Challenge Coins (2003-2011)

 War in Afghanistan Challenge Coins (2001 - 2021)

These are just some of the wars that American veterans have fought in. Considering many of these veterans had very little say in the matter as draftees, they have sacrificed a lot for their country, and the overall freedom and progress of the world. 

And while many civilians may not realize it, many U.S. servicemen and women who die while serving their country do so in training accidents. Additionally, many U.S. Special Forces troops perish in the line of duty in unofficial wars as well, but their missions are classified so the public never hears about it.

We owe them all a great debt of gratitude.


The Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Custom Challenge Coins

The Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) is an organization of US military veterans who have served in foreign wars. The VFW was founded in 1899 to help veterans returning from the Spanish-American War, and today has over 1.7 million members. 

The VFW provides support for veterans and their families, advocates for veteran's rights, and helps veterans transition back to civilian life. The VFW also runs a number of programs to support veterans, such as the VFW Foundation, which provides financial assistance to veterans in need.

It’s also no surprise that VFW posts all over the country have purchased their very own veteran custom challenge coins to display their pride and comradery down at the local VFW hall.


The VFW is a great resource for veterans and their families. If you are a veteran or know someone who is, be sure to check out the VFW and see what they can do for you, or what you might be able to do to help out a veteran in need.

With a slogan like “No one does more for veterans,” you might assume they’re all business. But at VFW halls, they play games, listen to music, and dance, as well as host parties and events. You can find a VFW hall in almost every town or city in America.


Wounded Warriors Custom Challenge Coins

The Wounded Warrior Project is a non-profit organization that advocates for policies and provides support to veterans and active-duty service members who have been injured in the line of duty. The organization offers a variety of services, including financial assistance, mental health counseling, and job training programs.

The Wounded Warrior Project was founded in 2003, by a group of veterans who wanted to help their fellow service members transition back to civilian life. The organization has grown significantly since then, and now provides support to more than 50,000 warriors and their families each year. The Wounded Warrior Project is headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida, and has offices in 15 other states.

The Wounded Warrior Project is also a regular occurring theme on our custom challenge coins at U.S. DOD Coins. It's a great way to carry around a special memento of what you've lived through, and something you can share with other patriots like you.


Prisoners of War (POW) and Missing In Action (MIA) Challenge Coins - We Will Never Forget


Prisoners of war (POWs) are servicemen and women who have been captured and are being held by an enemy. There are many reasons why people become POWs. Sometimes, they are captured during battle or recovered wounded from the battlefield by the enemy. Other times, they may be taken hostage or arrested.

Not only have these brave individuals endured great hardship and suffering, but they also helped to keep the morale of their fellow prisoners high in captivity. When everyday survival is a goal in itself, no small happiness is taken for granted.

Some POWs are able to escape and return to their units and home countries. Others are not as fortunate and spend the rest of their lives in captivity. The experience of being a POW is traumatic and many POWs suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other mental health problems.

This is why it's absolutely crucial that we ensure we never forget those missing in action (MIA), as it's a true measure of our humanity and an expression of our highest ideals. We owe this freedom we enjoy to the men and women who never returned.


Veterans Affairs Administration Challenge Coins

The Veterans Administration exists to help veterans transition back into civilian life. The VA offers a variety of services to veterans, including job training, counseling, and healthcare. The VA also provides benefits to veterans' families.

Custom lapel pins provide a way for VA employees to add that little something extra to their normal wardrobe at work that shows they take pride in their job.

Many VA representatives are former veterans themselves, and they are dedicated to helping other veterans receive the benefits they deserve, from educational to medical and even service-connected disability compensation. 

You've asked what you could do for your country. The VA is there to make sure your country asks what it can do for you.

Other Veterans Services and Associations

There are plenty of veterans associations out there that can help you connect with other vets and get the support you need. Here are just a few:

- American Legion: The American Legion is another large veterans organization that offers a variety of programs and services to help veterans. Founded in 1919 by veterans of World War I, it is a non-profit organization that advocates for veterans and their families.

- Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA): The IAVA is a newer veterans organization that focuses on helping veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. They offer a variety of programs and services, including mental health support, employment assistance, and benefits help.

- Military Veterans Advocacy (MVA): The MVA is a non-profit organization that advocates for veteran causes. They also provide education and resources on a variety of veteran topics.


Challenge Coin Design Template


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Veterans Day Challenge Coins Custom Made to Your Own Design Ideas and Preferences

We love making veteran challenge coins because it’s a way of sharing our very special way of making commemorative challenge coins with a very special group of people:

  • Amazing FREE Design: Our modern processes and in-house design team help us to make custom coins fast with 3 dimensions so your dream challenge coin comes alive in your hands

  • Highest Quality Challenge Coins: Choose soft or hard enamel paint, or go with black metal for a special gleam and shine. Choose between other options like an antique gold finish and custom edge trimming.

  • Unlimited FREE Revisions: We want you to be happy with your custom veteran challenge coin. We won’t manufacture your order until you are completely satisfied with your custom design.

Custom Veteran Challenge Coins as a Thank You Gift for their Military Service to a Family Member, Friend, or Yourself

U.S. DOD Coins has made the veteran custom challenge coin order and production process easy:

Step-1 - order challenge coins online

Gather your elements, files and ideas and send them to us via a quote request.

step 2 - find a challenge coin designer with good reviews

From 2-4 business days you will get a quote along with a digital proof.

step 3 - perfect your custom design for your coin and print

Order to start production or request revisions. Revisions are unlimited.


Let U.S.DOD Coins Bring Your Custom Coin Idea to Life

Just like other veterans out there who’ve trusted us with their challenge coin orders for the last 2 decades, we think you'll see what distinguishes us from the competition once you work with us to create your dream custom challenge coin any veteran would be proud of.



Eight years ago, the Challenge Coin industry had what we call a recipe for designing challenge coins. Round, flat, and empty.

This type of Challenge Coin is a classic, and it still being used nowadays, But people were somewhat asking for a little more spice, uniqueness, and bold designs.

That's when clients started to bring more complex ideas. Instead of refusing to take on the project as most other companies did, we embraced the challenge. We began to increase difficulty and detail to coins; we started experimenting and bringing expectations to whole new level. Some worked; some didn't.

In the end, what was the client's reaction to their finished project?


The response was so positive that a new wave of high quality and detailed coin requests came flooding into the company! Word got spread about the high-quality and unique designs spread across all militaries throughout the world.







It takes a lot of effort, longer production time, and hard design to make these unique coins possible, so the list of clients can get full from time to time.

If you are planning to take your coin to the next level, Fill a quote here



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