National Vietnam War Veterans Day

On March 28, President Trump signed Senate Bill 305, the Vietnam War Veterans Recognition Act of 2017 which designates March 29 as National Vietnam War Veterans Day. It was on this day in 1973 that the last U.S. combat troops left Vietnam on this day in.

President Trump tweeted:

“Tonight I’m proud to sign S. 305, which encourages the display of the U.S. flag on National Vietnam War Veterans Day tomorrow, March 29th.”

U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey (R-PA), who co-authored the bill with Joe Donnelly (D-IN), said

Some of them were actually treated quite poorly. And that was a tragic period in our history driven by people’s perceptions of the war. Fortunately, that, I think, is behind us now. And I hope and I believe we’ve gotten to a place where the American people realize how much we really should be grateful to the men and the women who served this country in Vietnam during that very, very difficult time.”

And Zachariah Pearson, director of McKean County, Penn. Veterans Affairs added:

Vietnam veterans nobly served during a conflict which was not too popular during that time. It’s an absolute shame the way in which this country responded to the welcoming home of our Vietnam veterans. When they got home, they struggled to find employment, healthcare and places to go to talk about some of the events that took place over there.”

Many of us Vietnam Veterans remember the way we were treated as we returned home. And many of us will continue to suffer from our participation in that war. But we will never forget that

Out of the 2.7 million U.S. service members who served in Vietnam, more than 58,000 were killed and more than 304,000 were wounded.

And we are thankful to all of you who come up to us and thank us for our service to our country. You may be unaware how much we appreciate that.

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