593 – Vietnam Vets Paved the way for today’s vets

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A Joint Services Honor Guard arrived before a wreath-laying ceremony to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in March in Washington, D.C. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

At last a new day is dawning America for a new and greater appreciation for its Vietnam Veterans. The Country is finally seeing the Vietnam Veterans as the heroes they truly are. All around the nation things are happening that show that development. A story in The Dallas Morning News titled: How are veterans coming home today treated differently from Vietnam vets? submitted by Bobby Blanchard is featured as it tells about one of those events that show the Nation is changing its mind about Vietnam Vets.

The Lyndon B. Johnson Library at the University of Texas at Austin hosted the Vietnam War Summit this week, more than 40 years after the war ended. In his opening remarks, LBJ Library Director Mark Updegrove said how the summit would take an “unvarnished look” at the war. Experts at a Vietnam War Summit in Austin discussed how the public stigmatized Vietnam veterans after the war.

One of the “experts” who contributed at the event was none other than that noted Vietnam Veteran, John Kerry who in a short four month tour in country was awarded a Silver Star and three Purple Hearts. Unfortunately he thought so little of his medals he threw them over the fence around the White House and then proceeded to testify before Congress about all the terrible things the evil Vietnam Veterans did to the poor peace loving Viet Cong.

The writer of the Austin event stated it took an “unvarnished” look at the Vietnam War, as if that hasn’t been done for decades. The good thing to come out of the terrible way Vietnam Veterans were treated is that apparently the country was so shamed at how they abused those veterans it now goes out of its way to honor veterans who come home from wars the country fights now.


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