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National Vietnam War Veterans Day 2021

 

Greetings all,

      It has been nearly 60 years since members of our armed forces fought on behalf of the South Vietnamese people.

   Today, we have the opportunity to not only pause and reflect, but to remember and honor the memory of the more than 58,000 men and women who gave so much----paying the ultimate sacrifice for freedom’s sake.

   We also use this occasion to honor and remember the more than 3.4 million military personnel who served in the Republic of South Vietnam or elsewhere in Southeast Asia in support of the U.S. military operations in Vietnam.

   Because of the brave and selfless actions of Vietnam veterans, the flame of freedom burns brighter today throughout the world. The tradition of service demonstrated by those who served during the Vietnam War provides lasting testimony to the indomitable and tenacious spirit that resides in the hearts of our Vietnam veterans.

   Vietnam veterans are everyday people made extraordinary by events beyond their control. They did their duty not out of bravado or boldness, but out of a sense of duty, and because they had a deep and abiding love for their country.

   Quite simply, they believed in the promise of the American dream and the essential goodness of America. Vietnam veterans fought to preserve democracy and freedom, not just here in America, but for all freedom-loving people around the world.

   The freedom and prosperity we enjoy today, is in large part guaranteed by all of those who served do honorably in Vietnam. We, as Americans are forever thankful to all of them for their unselfish devotion and for their courageous willingness to put their lives at risk.

We honor them because we appreciate what they have given us. Without their contributions the world would be a very different place…a darker place. Our Vietnam veterans performed the highest form of public service. When it all came down to it, they stood strong, and when it was needed, they answered the challenge.

   It’s time for the nation to give our Vietnam veterans their due, and thank them for their noble efforts and achievements. Vietnam veterans are worthy of every praise, monument and memorial we could offer. But the best way to honor them is to ensure that every new generation of veterans is appreciated and receives the dignity, respect and welcome home they have earned. Making sure every veteran receives the benefits and entitlements they deserve is one way of maintaining a link to the thousands of men and women who helped secure so many blessings for us.

   The VFW has always been at the forefront in the fight for Vietnam veterans. The battle has been waged on several fronts, ranging from support for GI’s during the war, to passage of service-connected legislation, contributions to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, and our continuing efforts to resolve the fate of the war’s missing in action.

   Through it all, the VFW was there to bear the standard. Beginning with the GI Bill of Rights for Vietnam-era veterans, passed in June 1966, we advocated for benefits on par with those granted to previous veterans.

   There were also problems unique to Vietnam----one chemical and the other psychological. The use of Agent Orange resulted in a 15-year fight for presumptive compensation. Post-traumatic stress disorder produced a need for veteran centers which finally became a reality in 1979. Renewed and innovative employment programs were called for, and an extension of veterans’ preference was launched.

   In 1965, the VFW started a nationwide movement to "Support the Boys in Vietnam.” As veterans ourselves, we understood how important is was to forge a link with the troops through sending tons of relief parcels. During the course of the war, nine VFW Commanders-in-Chief visited fighting men in the field.

   Every year since, our VFW Commander-in-Chief visits Vietnam as a part of a Southeast Asia trip. Our VFW team makes this trip each year to measure the progress being made in the recovery of American remains from the Vietnam War.

   Please take a moment today to pause and honor those who’ve selflessly sacrificed to protect and defend our freedom by recommitting ourselves to our families, to our communities and to our country.

   Though long overdue, today America recognizes each and every Vietnam veteran who did not receive the proper welcome home they earned and deserved.

   Thank you for your service and WECLOME HOME!

 

May you all have a blessed day!

 

Sincerely,

 

Kenny Vaughan

Commander

VFW Post 4412


 

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