March 30, 2017

Senate Passes Resolution Honoring Vietnam Veterans

Washington, D.C. – Today, the U.S. Senate passed a resolution sponsored by Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Richard Burr (R-NC) designating March 29, 2017 as Vietnam Veterans Day.

“West Virginia has more names on the Vietnam Wall per capita than any other state in the nation, and I am honored to serve as an original sponsor on this resolution that pays homage to the service of this generation of Veterans,” Senator Manchin said. “In West Virginia, we also have one of the highest rates of military service, and nearly 40 percent of our veterans served in Vietnam.  This generation served with honor and dignity at a time when their country didn’t treat them with respect. Now, our responsibility lies with making sure they are taking care of them, and that includes acknowledging their sacrifice and memory. I’m proud to join my colleague in designating March 29, 2017 as Vietnam Veterans Day and to urge everyone to remember their sacrifice.  I also applaud the WV Chapter of the Vietnam Veterans of America, a group of dedicated Veterans who are always there to help a fellow West Virginian in need.  Their motto is ‘Never again will one generation of veterans abandon another,’ and they live that creed in their everyday actions and deeds.”

“When called upon, our Vietnam veterans served this nation with honor and distinction, but many did not get the recognition they deserve,” said Senator Burr. “Vietnam Veterans Day is an opportunity to show our gratitude as a nation. I encourage everyone to take a moment to reflect upon their service and sacrifice.”