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Vietnam War Veteran Reunited with Dog Tag

BNY Mellon employee finds and returns dog tag after year-long search

Vietnam War Veteran Reunited with Dog Tag

March 03, 2016

During “the trip of a lifetime” to Vietnam with three of his friends, Charles Thompson, business development manager at BNY Mellon, came across a local man selling artifacts from the Vietnam War. A rusted dog tag caught his eye and launched an intensive year-long search to find its rightful owner or his family.

Watch the video to hear how Charles’ search led him to Richard A. Tilghman, Jr., a decorated Vietnam War veteran and Managing Director at Mischler Financial Group, Inc., and the set of coincidences that brought them together.

BNY Mellon and Mischler share a commitment to supporting members of the military and their families as they re-enter the workforce. One of the ways BNY Mellon supports veterans is through VetNet, its Employee Resource Group that exists to promote the professional development and advancement of veterans and members of the broader military family. Today, it has a membership of approximately 600 people across six regional chapters in the US and UK. Mischler supports veterans through a four-pronged approach that includes providing external guidance to Fortune corporations for programs designed to advance service-disabled veteran (SDV) hiring and mentoring, year-round philanthropic support of select veterans’ organizations, internal workforce development-focused mentorship of SDVs and helping to advance state-based legislative initiatives in support of SDV-owned businesses.

To see the emotional dog tag return, watch the segment on Fox & Friends.