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View Poll Results: Do You Support March 29th as "Vietnam Veterans Day."
No 9 40.91%
Yes 3 13.64%
Yes, And I'll contact my Members of Congress 6 27.27%
Not Sure 4 18.18%
Voters: 22. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 07-21-2008, 12:59 AM
 
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Democrat and Republican Members of Congress are already supporting this Congressional RESOLUTION HRES 1231 IH.
Please contact your members of Congress to find out if they are supporting it. (Contact information is below)


Now is the time for everyone to put their key boards, cell phones, home phones, etc to work and urge every Member of Congress from every state to pass this bill in the United States Congress. It will finally make March 29th "Vietnam Veterans Day."
Dann Dunham
Welcome Home / National Vietnam Veterans Day Organizer
dsdunham@citlink.net
Contact Dann at (931) 788-2919



Whereas the Vietnam War was the longest military conflict in United States history; (Introduced in House)

HRES 1231 IH


110th CONGRESS

2d Session

H. RES. 1231
Supporting the goals and ideals of Vietnam Veterans Day and calling on the American people to recognize such a day.


IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

May 22, 2008
Mr. SHULER (for himself, Mr. JONES of North Carolina, Ms. MCCOLLUM of Minnesota, Mr. SESTAK, Mr. ROHRABACHER, Ms. SHEA-PORTER, Mr. HINCHEY, Mr. DREIER, Ms. BORDALLO, Ms. CORRINE BROWN of Florida, Mr. FILNER, Mr. YOUNG of Alaska, and Mr. WALZ of Minnesota) submitted the following resolution; which was referred to the Committee on Veterans' Affairs


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RESOLUTION
Supporting the goals and ideals of Vietnam Veterans Day and calling on the American people to recognize such a day.

Whereas the Vietnam War was the longest military conflict in United States history;

Whereas more than 3,000,000 Americans served in Southeast Asia during the Vietnam War;

Whereas more than 58,000 Americans lost their lives defending the Nation's freedom during the Vietnam conflict;

Whereas 304,000 additional Americans were wounded during the war;

Whereas on March 29, 1973, the last remaining members of the United States Armed Forces withdrew from Vietnam; and

Whereas the United States does not have a national day of recognition specifically for Vietnam veterans: Now, therefore, be it


Resolved, That the House of Representatives--

(1) supports the goals and ideals of Vietnam Veterans Day; and

(2) calls on the American people to recognize such a day to remember those men and women who sacrificed their lives defending the Nation in the Vietnam conflict, to recognize the prisoners of war and those members of the Armed Forces who are missing in action, and to honor all Vietnam veterans who served the Nation faithfully to protect its freedom.


Dann Dunham
Welcome Home / National Vietnam Veterans Day Organizer
dsdunham@citlink.net
Contact Dann at (931) 788-2919

PLEASE CONTACT YOUR MEMBERS OF CONGRESS AND ASK THEM TO SUPPORT HRES 1231 IH

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Please sign our 'new' petition and add your comments at: Vietnam Veterans Day, March 29th Petition
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Old 07-21-2008, 02:40 AM
 
Location: WHERE THE WHITE WOMEN AT!?
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Old 07-21-2008, 08:04 AM
 
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Old 07-21-2008, 08:14 AM
 
Location: Alvarado, TX
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#6 on your petition. Thanks for your service!
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Old 07-21-2008, 09:23 AM
 
Location: Boise
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I put not sure. I think the Vietnam vets got a really raw deal and deserve some recognition. But I can see it as being another excuse to wave a flag and justify more war - that I disagree with.

They need recognition, not to be use as some PR/advertising campaign...
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Old 07-21-2008, 11:36 AM
 
Location: Beautiful Lakes & Mountains of East TN
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I feel mostly the same way as cleatis, except I'm a big fan of waving flags and don't think this would justify more war.

I just feel like we have a million "holidays" for a million different reasons, and it cheapens the concept of a holiday to me. And we already have a Veteran's Day that we all acknowledge and fully includes Vietnam Vets.

Of course they got a raw deal, and that should be (and I believe is being) reversed by giving Vietnam Vets the admiration they certainly deserve.

And proudcap, as the spouse of a former Marine myself, I thank you, along with all our fine military, for your service.
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Old 07-21-2008, 11:47 AM
 
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I put not sure. I think the Vietnam vets got a really raw deal and deserve some recognition. But I can see it as being another excuse to wave a flag and justify more war - that I disagree with.

They need recognition, not to be use as some PR/advertising campaign...
They need more recognition, for damned sure. Their service was awesome, their bravery amazing.

Don't want any more national holidays. We have Memorial Day for those who lost their lives and we have Veterans Day for all who served, and that seems more than enough. We need to make Vietnam service more prominent in our ceremonies as the WW-2 generation increasingly belongs to the ages.

IMO, our holidays have become a perverted excuse used by many people to take quick trips with a primary focus on getting drunk and getting laid. Our holidays are further diminished by our wonderful retail sector who flood the airways & papers with even more "sale" ads. Yuck. Consumerism sucks and so do the people that shove it down our throats (maybe someone will start a thread on that issue?).
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Old 07-21-2008, 02:13 PM
 
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I feel mostly the same way as cleatis, except I'm a big fan of waving flags and don't think this would justify more war.

I just feel like we have a million "holidays" for a million different reasons, and it cheapens the concept of a holiday to me. And we already have a Veteran's Day that we all acknowledge and fully includes Vietnam Vets.

Of course they got a raw deal, and that should be (and I believe is being) reversed by giving Vietnam Vets the admiration they certainly deserve.

And proudcap, as the spouse of a former Marine myself, I thank you, along with all our fine military, for your service.
Thank you!!
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Old 07-21-2008, 02:29 PM
 
Location: Near Manito
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As a Vietnam combat veteran (1/28th Infantry, First Infantry Division, RVN 1967-68), I feel that Veterans Day is sufficient recognition of those who have served.

However, I think we need to turn our attention and direct our support -- regardless of our political views -- to the thousands of young men and women currently in harm's way on our behalf in Iraq and Afghanistan, and to their families and loved ones.

Just my two cents.
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Old 07-21-2008, 03:17 PM
 
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Isn't the Vietnam war remembered in Memorial Day? I thought the whole point of Memorial Day was for the Vietnam war...?
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