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Old 03-29-2019, 05:00 AM
 
Location: Southern Arizona
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Two years ago, President Trump signed the Vietnam War Veterans Recognition Act into law. That Act designates every March 29 as National Vietnam War Veterans Day. It was March 29, 1973, when the last of our combat troops left Vietnam.

https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/571...eterans-day-2/
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Old 03-29-2019, 08:51 AM
 
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My dad served from 1964-1967. He was discharged early after being blinded in one eye. He hated the reaction from some people when he returned. He talked about having to be careful when traveling in California because of the people who not only hated the war but also hated the military. Decades later he refused to go back to California.
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Old 03-29-2019, 10:26 PM
 
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My dad served from 1964-1967. He was discharged early after being blinded in one eye. He hated the reaction from some people when he returned. He talked about having to be careful when traveling in California because of the people who not only hated the war but also hated the military. Decades later he refused to go back to California.
He was right. I got spit on by some teenage girl in the airport in Oakland walking to my flight home in march of 1972...……..
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Old 03-29-2019, 10:31 PM
 
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Two years ago, President Trump signed the Vietnam War Veterans Recognition Act into law. That Act designates every March 29 as National Vietnam War Veterans Day. It was March 29, 1973, when the last of our combat troops left Vietnam.

https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/571...eterans-day-2/
nice they decided to commemorate us after half of us are dead...………..just found a link. less than half of us...…….

http://www.usna63.org/tradition/hist...ietnamVets.pdf
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Old 03-30-2019, 06:36 AM
 
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nice they decided to commemorate us after half of us are dead...………..just found a link. less than half of us...…….

http://www.usna63.org/tradition/hist...ietnamVets.pdf
Lost my dad in 2010 to lung cancer. He quit smoking in the mid 80s. He was exposed to agent orange but the VA refused to recognize his exposure because he wasn’t in the jungle. No, he just handled the returning jets covered in the stuff. He was flightdeck crew. Was a yellow shirt before an aviation mechanic test fired the jet engines without warning anyone around first. The debris it kicked up blinded him in one eye. Though he wasn’t in the jungle combat, he did get to see a buddy cut in half by a broken arresting cable and see some let crashes on the deck result in death and or severe injuries. The one bright point was he was on the deck when they picked up one of the space capsules.
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Old 03-30-2019, 10:24 AM
 
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I salute your father, heroes are not just on the battlefield.
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Old 03-30-2019, 10:42 AM
 
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I got through the Vietnam war flying F-4s out of Cam Ranh Bay. Somehow I missed the announcement/declaration of this NVVD. Great to hear and better late than never!
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Old 03-30-2019, 01:06 PM
 
Location: Apex, NC
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My Dad lost his legs to a booby trapped VC artillery shell on the Batangan Peninsula in 1969. Finished college on crutches as he worked into walking on his prosthetics. He was a tough, strict Dad, but led by example. No quit, no feeling sorry for yourself. Persevere. He’ll be my hero always and forever. Glad to still have him around, healthy and happy into his 70s. I try to thank every Vietnam Vet I see. Did their duty and didn’t get the respect they deserved.
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Old Today, 03:52 PM
 
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Bless all veterans who served. All of them gave and some gave more than others. That is the nature of service.
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