The Vermont National Guard Medal of Merit honors Vermont National Guard members who carry out sustained exemplary service or execute a feat of heroism, typically in a position of considerable responsibility and in such a manner as to enhance or promote the Vermont National Guard as a whole.
The Vermont National Guard is made up of the Vermont Army National Guard and the Vermont Air National Guard, also referred to as the Green Mountain Boys. The Army component numbers approximately 3,000 soldiers and dates back to militia activity in the mid-eighteenth century. The Air component, based in South Burlington and numbering around 1,000 airmen and women, traces its roots to the 67th Fighter Wing, formed officially in October of 1946.
The ribbon is green and is bisected by a thin vertical red stripe; a slightly thicker yellow stripe appears toward the center on either side.