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April 05, 2011 7:11 am

EDITORIAL: Recognition overdue for some veterans

Written by Tessa Schweigert

Wyoming right to honor veterans with annual ‘Welcome Home Day’

It seems unfathomable, but for thousands of American veterans, it was an unfortunate reality. Veterans returning home from battle zones — where they risked their lives, spent months apart from loved ones and faithfully served while their plans and dreams were interrupted by war — only to be scorned or completely ignored upon arriving home.

“Some of these soldiers, who made such huge sacrifices for our country, came home to anger and hostility instead of coming home to applause,” said Gov. Matt Mead. “It is never too late to do the right thing …”

Wyoming’s legislators and governor did the right thing by establishing Wyoming Veterans Welcome Home Day on March 30. The annual recognition honors all who served in the U.S. armed forces, but especially those who were not recognized with the homecomings they deserved.

On March 30, 1973, the last American veterans stepped foot on U.S. soil after combat troops were withdrawn from Vietnam. Many of those who served in Vietnam were not welcomed home with respect — to the point that their leaders told them not to wear their military uniforms as they returned to the United States.

Veterans from the Korean War (1951-1953) also received little or no recognition upon their return, and the war is often referred to as the “Forgotten War.”

March 30 gives Wyoming citizens the opportunity to say each year, from here on out, we will remember.

Yes, it’s long overdue. But it’s not too late to say thank you to veterans from the Vietnam and Korean conflicts for their faithful service and sacrifice.

And welcome home.

3 comments

  • Comment Link April 05, 2011 9:40 am posted by Disgusted taxpayer

    It's too late for a lot of Vietnam vets who never lived to hear thanks,or welcome home.They died from agent orange related diseases and suicide resulting from an uncaring society in this country,of which many thousands who were uncaring were shameless WWII vets who shunned Vietnam vets.For the rest of us who have waited over 40 years to hear it,hear this...NEVER AGAIN WILL A GENERATION OF VETERANS ABANDON ANOTHER.

  • Comment Link April 14, 2011 4:04 pm posted by D. Cornwell

    It,s too late to thank us now. To do it now, I take it as an insult. The best you can do now is stay quiet.

  • Comment Link April 25, 2011 2:24 pm posted by John Wormell

    AMEN TAX-PAYER. It's much more the fault of the dept. of veterans affairs than the general public. John Q. Public basicaly ignored we Viet Nam vets, except for a group of anti-war advocates and hippies. I personaly was not egged at Fort Ord when I came home the first time, or the second, or the third. The dept. of veterans affairs did not offer help or counseling for PTSD, nor did they even admit that it was a real condition. Neither did they offer us medical help, and in fact denied me medical help even tho I hold three Purple Hearts. I finally was admitted to V.A. health-care in 2005! Fourty years many of us have waited to receive benefits.
    Yes, shame on John Q.Public, but shame shame on the V.A.
    NEVER AGAIN WILL A GENERATION OF WARRIORS FORGET ANOTHER.

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