986 – America begins to thank its Vietnam Veterans

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Major General James Jackson pins a special medal on the chest of a Vietnam veteran during a ceremony at Michigan’s Military and Space Heroes Museum in Frankenmuth. (WSGW News photo by Bill Hewitt)

Episode 986 of the Vietnam Veteran News Podcast will be celebrating the fact that America is finally beginning to recognize and appreciate its Vietnam Veterans as the true heroes they have proven to be over the years. Much of this blossoming of appreciation is the result of an action taken by President Obama. In 2012 he approved the creation of  the United States of America Vietnam War 50th year Anniversary Commemoration program to be carried out under the auspices of the Department of Defense.

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Hundreds of Vietnam Veteran appreciation events have already occurred and hundreds more are in the planning stages across the country. Recently such an event was held in Frankenmuth, Michigan at the state’s Military and Space Heroes Museum. Retired Army Major General James Jackson, who is chairman of the United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration program was on hand to personally pin the medal on the chest of 100 Vietnam Veteran and shake their hands. A story about the happening was on WSGW News Radio 790 in Saginaw, Michigan titled: America Says A Belated Thank You To Vietnam War Veterans. The story was covered by Bill Hewitt.

Another such event is planned to be held in Sebring, Florida on Friday, November, 2017. The Vietnam Veterans of America, Chapter # 1097 and the South Central Florida Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America, both of Sebring teamed up to head up an effort to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War in Highlands County in conjunction to the city’s Veterans Day Parade.

The Sebring event in addition to honoring uniformed military personnel who served from November 1, 1955 to May 15, 1975 will be open to the following individuals:

  • Former American POWs
  • MIA immediate family members
  • Immediate family members of Veterans whose name is on the Memorial Wall
  • A deceased Vietnam Veteran’s Surviving Spouse

If you are interested in attending the Sebring, Florida event and you fall into any of the qualifying categories to be recognized, please contact either of the organizing organizations.

CLICK HERE to contact the VVA chapter 1097.

CLICK HERE to contact the Sebring MOAA chapter.

For more information about the Vietnam Veteran Commemoration program see episode 956.

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