Episode 932 of the podcast Vietnam Veteran News will feature the special work being done by a Vietnam Veterans of American Chapter 1029 in Yorktown, Texas. A story about that VVA chapter and the work they are doing appeared in the Cuero Record website titled: Reminder of the Cost of Freedom. It was submitted by Robert Proctor.
Chapter treasurer, Ken Buenger, was quoted in the article as he recounted what they were doing to honor Vietnam Veterans in Dewitt County. He told about the most noticeable project just completed. It was a $4,000 lighted sign erected at the Cuero Park knoll off U.S. Highway 87 which says “Freedom Isn’t Free.” The purpose of the sign is to both honor Vietnam Veterans and remind its citizens that freedom is earned on a continuing basis.
According to Buenger, funding for the sign came from their annual Memorial Day gun raffle. The 2017 raffle was highly successful and in addition to making the sign a reality it enabled the chapter to award five $1,000 scholarships to graduating DeWitt County high school seniors in Cuero, Yoakum, Yorktown, Nordheim and Runge.
Another item on the agenda of this active VVA chapter is discussions about allowing Iraq/Afghanistan Veterans to join their group because those veterans do not have an organization of their own.
Thirteen people from Dewitt County died in Vietnam and the VVA chapter 1029 are going to make sure they and their sacrifice for their country will not be forgotten.
The activities of VVA chapter 1029 offer a tremendous example to all other VVA chapters to follow. All are encouraged to follow their leadership in action.
If you are a Vietnam Veteran in Dewitt County or its nearby environs consider joining up. For more information about chapter 1029 , call Ken Buenger at 361-550-1860. Their mailing address is PO Box 424, Yorktown, TX 78164.