Vietnam War Commemoration Commission

Welcome Home, Vietnam Veterans

3/30/2019 - 3/30/2019

Commemorative Partner: Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs
www.vetaffairs.la.gov
Point of Contact: Homer F. Rodgers
Homer.Rodgers@vetaffairs.la.gov
225-219-5006

Event Location: 151 South Wooddale Blvd, Baton Rouge, LA, 70806
Description: The Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs is a proud partner of the United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration that helps assist a grateful nation in thanking and honoring our Vietnam Veterans and their families where they live and work. Our goal is to make this Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day a major recognition event for the Vietnam Veterans in our state. We want them to know that we are proud of their service and want to let them know that in a meaningful way. We are inviting Vietnam Veterans, friends, families, veteran service organizations, and members of the community to join us for our “Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans” day event being held from 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. at American Legion Post #38 on Saturday, March 30. Forty-five years have passed since the last U.S. troops withdrew from Vietnam. Due to the unpopularity of the war, veterans returning home were often met with disdain and did not receive support or gratitude for their service. Some of these men and women were actually treated quite poorly which was a tragic period in our history driven by people's perceptions of the war. Fortunately, that is behind us now and today’s generations of Veterans are welcomed home with honor and respect. Out of the 2.7 million U.S. service members who served in Vietnam, more than 58,000 were killed and more than 304,000 were wounded. On March 29, America will observe National Vietnam War Veterans Day. This special day was added to our national holidays when the President signed into law The Vietnam War Veterans Recognition Act of 2017. The LDVA will host their event the day after to allow more Vietnam Veterans from across the state the opportunity to attend.

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