#1 March 30, Welcome Home Vietnam Vets Day.....are they serious????03-17-2011, 03:10 PM
I came home in 1968. Just for myself and a couple of dozen other Nam Vets I network with, it's too little too late. We left in 1973, approaching 40 yrs ago. Where was the welcome home then? They can take the day and shove it!!
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, March 8, 2011
Washington D.C – The U.S. Senate yesterday declared March 30th as “Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day,” agreeing unanimously to a resolution introduced by Senator Richard Burr (R-N.C.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs.
On March 30, 1973, all U.S. troops withdrew from Vietnam under the terms of the Treaty of Paris. This March 30th, the Senate has encouraged Americans across the country to recognize Vietnam veterans for their sacrifice and demonstrate a warm welcome to these soldiers who returned from war to a politically divided country.
“I’m pleased that the Senate has agreed to set aside a day to give our Vietnam veterans a warm, long-overdue welcome home. I strongly encourage communities throughout North Carolina and across the country to observe this day with activities and events that honor these veterans for their service. It’s time they receive the recognition they have earned and deserve. This day also provides our nation with an important teaching moment. Never again should our men and women serving in the armed forces receive the same treatment as those returning from Vietnam,” said Senator Richard Burr.
Senator Burr introduced the resolution for the second consecutive year on February 16, 2011. For Senator Burr’s remarks on the introduction of the resolution, click here.
The United States became involved in Vietnam because policy-makers believed that if South Vietnam fell to a communist government, communism would spread throughout the rest of Southeast Asia. The US Armed Forces began serving in an advisory role to the South Vietnamese in 1961, and in 1965, ground combat troops were sent into Vietnam. On March 30, 1973, after many years of combat, all US troops withdrew. More than 58,000 members of the United States Armed Forces lost their lives and more than 300,000 were wounded in Vietnam.
Senators John Boozman (R-AR), Thad Cochran (R-MS), James Inhofe (R-OK), and Johnny Isakson (R-GA) and Mike Johanns (R-NE) co-sponsored the legislation. The resolution now moves to the House of Representatives for consideration.The poster formerly known as chuck58 on the old board.
03-17-2011, 03:31 PM
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They are trying to honor Vietnam vets
03-17-2011, 03:41 PM
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I agree with the resolution. It is shameful how we treated our Vietnam vets, and although this doesn't make up for it, at least it's an attempt to do so. I always try to thank any active duty military or veterans that I come into contact with for their sacrifice on my behalf. While this may seem too little, too late, for some; for some that I know it's greatly appreciated.
03-17-2011, 08:15 PM
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- Mar 2010
I went to Viet Nam. I served in "The Brown Water Navy". Wore a black beret with a Junk Force pin. Came home.
Didn't tell anyone I had been there for years.
Then one day about 10 years ago (before it became Oh, so chic) I was attending a theater production and one of the singers took the stage and asked all those who had served in Viet Nam to stand. I stood.
And received, for the very first time, a standing ovation for all who were there. I cried.
And I had no idea I felt that way. My wife didn't either. We talked and talked. I mentioned people she had never heard of, told stories I had buried, talked of the part of my life that I lost. I showed her the Junk Force pin that she had never seen.
Let the vets have their day.
03-17-2011, 09:29 PM
Truckerme, and all other vets, thank you for your service.
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