The writer of the Feb. 4 letter, "Veterans Day already includes Vietnam war," said he didn't serve in Vietnam. He evidently has little idea what Vietnam veterans faced when we came home and continue to face today. To state no other veterans have a day set apart for them is perhaps made in haste or without knowledge. It's just plain wrong. He has the right to his opinion, as do we vets. Not, however, on the backs of America's heroes who fought a terrible war which he evidently doesn't understand. Maybe it was because the Vietnam war or 'police action' was the first war America ever lost. It was lost due to politics, not lack of ability or spirit by the military. It was just weak willed politicians looking to be re-elected.
Vietnam Veterans of America observes each day to honor those who fought before us, beside us and who follow our footsteps. We work tirelessly for benefits for our military men and women today. Many veterans shunned Vietnam veterans when we came home. Thus our motto "Never again will one generation of veterans abandon another."
We are losing nearly 300 Vietnam veterans daily; more than 58,000 were lost/remembered on the Vietnam Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C.. Nearly 400 were from Utah, and 14 are unaccounted for. These are men/women who served because they felt it was their duty and many were actually drafted to serve.
The elected presidents during the Vietnam war had no idea what they were doing. Congress did a terrible job of supporting the war (very, very few of their boys were over there fighting).
This was a very unpopular war which Americans didn't like and many took it out on the returning vets with insults and gestures as we traveled through airports, etc. Utah, however, was one of the least abusive states, thank goodness.
Utah HB275, will establish March 29 to recognize all Vietnam era veterans; the day the last combat units left Vietnam in 1973. Nearly two dozen states have already set aside a day for us.