Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans

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Rees Lloyd on why it’s important to remember this day.

By Act of Congress two years ago, March 30 has been designated”Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day.”

This is belated recognition by Congress, and hopefully by the nation, that veterans of the Vietnam War should be recognized and thanked for their service and sacrifice in a war that John Kennedy, Lyndon Johnson, and Richard Nixon — and Congress– in each administration, sent them to fight.

It was a war started in earnest by the so-called “best and brightest” of John F. Kennedy’s administration, ironically idealized as “Camelot,” the Bay of Pigs debacle in Cuba and the Vietnam War lies later exposed by the Pentagon Papers notwithstanding; escalated by Lyndon Johnson’s utterly false claim of attack in the Tonkin Gulf (“Lyndon lied, children died”?); and ended by Richard Nixon, who first ended the giant anti-war demonstrations allegedly based upon the protestors’ moral outrage at the war, by ending the draft.

Vietnam Veterans were the first veterans to return home to be shunned and reviled rather than welcomed and thanked for service in a war the nation told them it was necessary to fight. Americans turned against the war — as Ho Chi Minh and the North Vietnamese Communist generals predicted.

But in turning against the War, many Americans also turned on the American men and women who served honorably in defense of their country in performance of a duty each took an oath to fulfill.

The Vietnam Veteran was the first veteran to be instructed not to war his or her uniform when returning home. A disgrace.

Almost all who served did so honorably. Any disgrace of the Vietnam War did not result from them, but from those who sent them to war, and those of their fellow Americans who not only turned their backs on them, but reviled them as “war criminals,” “baby killers.”

An example of such disgraceful vilification of the the Vietnam Veteran is the despicable John Kerry. Kerry served on a “swift boat” in Vietnam on active duty as a member of the U.S. Navy Reserves after four deferments and after being denied a fifth deferment. A politician even in Vietnam, he called himself “the second JFK from Massachusetts” and predicted he, too, would be president of the U.S. He carried his own video camera and had himself photographed in staged derring-do, to be used in his later political career.

Kerry first gained national attention by offering what has been proved to be false testimony before Congress of alleged “war crimes” by those with whom he served in Vietnam. When challenged by swift vote veterans to provide proof, Kerry could offer no cognizable proof of his charges. Nonetheless, the anti-Vietnam War media loved him, and he was so successful in his false propaganda that his picture was later prominently featured along with that of Jane Fonda in the “Hall of Heroes Museum” of the North Vietnamese communists in Hanoi honoring those who helped them achieve what they call their “victory” over the United States in the Vietnam War. Kerry is the only nominee for President of the U.S. to be so honored.

Probably at any other time in American history, John Kerry would have been shunned, reviled, and disgraced forever by his false, unproved and improvable accusations of war crimes he claimed to have witnessed fellow veterans committing.

But, in the culture of the Sick 60’s that carried on to infect the 70’s, Kerry’s self-serving degradation of American veterans of Vietnam led not to disgrace but, rather, made him a leading figure of the Democrat Party, which made him Democrat Senator from Massachusetts and later Democrat Nominee for President of the United States.

Instead of Kerr y being disgraced, it was the ordinary soldier, sailor, Marine, Air Force or Coast Guard member, who served in Vietnam who was shunned, reviled, disgraced, for doing honorably what the nation set him or her to do in defense of the nation. It was as if the nation wanted to expiate its own sense of shame, even sense of “sin,” by vilifying those whom the nation sent to a war in Vietnam.

Now, decades later, the Congress repents, and calls the nation to repent for its shameful shaming of the Vietnam veteran by establishing the Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day to be annually observed on March 30.

There will be observances in many areas over the weekend and through Monday, March 28-30, mostly by veterans. Please join in the belated “Welcome Home.” Give to the Vietnam Veterans the honor they are do, for they served with honor. Call your local American Legion 20 Post, VFW Post, or other veteran’s organization to find out how you can help honor those who deserve to be honored

As for me, I am a Vietnam-era veteran but, like two-thirds in service in those years, I was never deployed and served where they sent me; in my case, stateside.

And, in recognition of “Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day,” allow me to salute and thank all of my comrade veterans of the Vietnam-era, particularly those who served in Vietnam, but all who responded to duty, whatever our personal views on the Vietnam War, when our country called us to serve in its defense. At the risk of getting sued by the ACLU, may I say, God bless you all.

Rees Lloyd, an attorney, is an activist in defense of Veterans rights

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25 thoughts on “Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans

  1. Ree’s: Dec. 7 1941/Pearl Harbor should never be forgotten, Sept.11 2001 should never be forgotten, all American Wars should never be forgotten for the History Books but the Democrat Party wants America and the World to Forget the Viet Nam War especially after John F. Kerry screwed up there Position in History in 2004. The Vietnam War is an embarrassment to the Democrats. Being in the last part of the Draft back in 1972, I saw first hand the Treatment of Troops (SPITTING ON THEM—ETC). Those haters of the Troops then and now is the DEMOCRATIC PARTY. That’s how dangerous it is to have a Democrat in charge of the Military. Liberal School Teachers try to change the facts about Vietnam; the Liberal Media try to change History on Vietnam let alone Hollywood. I’m all for March 30 “Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day, but these deliberate lies by Liberals over Vietnam must be overcome for the History Books daily.

    PS: Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans and enjoy YOUR DAY.

  2. On this day in 1973, the last US troops departed Viet Nam.

    After 3 tries, a bill (HR 189) sponsored by Rep Linda Sanchez(D-CA), first sponsored on 25 June 2007, passed, establishing this day as Vietnam Veterans Day.

    Instead of saying “Welcome Home” to all Viet Nam Veterans, this blog treats us to a vicious diatribe by someone who was not even there, complete with inflammatory pictures and a rehash of a tired agenda.

    Let us honor the day by simply welcoming the Vietnam Vets home. Save the politics for another time.

  3. Lofton, as a Viet Nam Veteran, I can say you are all wet. Hanoi Jane and sKerry has treated US to the diatribe you bemoan for nearly 40 years.

    One final thing, Lofton, our first official welcome home by a government official was by President Ronald Reagan. Don’t make the effort to speak for us, we can speak for our selves.

    We spoke loudly in 2004 when we voted against sKerry en masse.

    If you didn’t go, you wouldn’t know!

    Never Again!!!!

    Welcome home, all my brothers and sisters.

  4. You should also recall which party it was that elected the first and so far, only, Viet Nam Draft Dodger to the presidency.

    Which party slapped Viet Nam Veterans with amnesty to the Draft Dodgers and little honor bestowed on those of us who served and sacrificed.

    Don’t try to make a single effort by one Democrats appear to make up for the years of dishonor, lies, deceit and victimizing shown us by that same party.

    We are much smarter than that, Lofton.

  5. Lofton

    “…this blog treats us to a vicious diatribe”

    Ah, and your silence about the Democrat’s vicious diatribe comparing American troops to Nazi’s, Ghengis Khan, unfounded accusations of murder and being terroists really says it all!

    She is too late and of questionable sincerity!

    And you can take your phony outrage elsewhere!!

  6. **yawn** You could have said this all in one sentence. Anyways, Thanks for the service and WELLLLCOOOOOMMMMMMEEEEEE HOME!. Too bad the war was a waste of lives, time, money, firepower, etc.

  7. No wonder it took three times for the law to pass and no wonder that the day is not much recognized what with some Viet Vets unwilling to accept a “Welcome Home”. It’s true, the road to hell is paved with good intentions.

  8. Camryn,

    “Some Viet Vets” do not represent all Viet Vets.

    It appears those who served elsewhere or went and did not serve on the front lines make the most noise.

    I was drafted, I went, and I served on the front lines. I appreciate Vietnam Veterans Day for its intended purpose. The vituperations of Lloyd and Lew do not represent me or most of the vets I know and knew.

  9. Sorry Phineas, but I imagine I just might speak for a great deal of my fellow Viet Nam Veterans.

    Just one question for you, bro, just how it that you “were drafted, I went, and I served on the front lines,” in a war that had no front lines?

    Let me guess, you were near Saigon in I Corps, right? A Marine LRP too?

  10. BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA, iago, sure, yeah, un huh, right.

    Perhaps you should read Rules for conservative radicals before expecting me to fall for this one.

    Of course, if “Phineas” is sincere and cannot explain being at the front when there was never a front established, he could just let us know if he was RA or US.

    Got any LSA left or your P-38 still?

  11. Lew,

    Phineas said, “I was drafted, I went, and I served on the front lines.”

    Notice he implies, but never directly says he went to Viet Nam. Do you suppose he was drafted out of college as a forward headed to an NBA team?

  12. “Phineas” is more than welcome to place his records online and I will mine as well, in pdf.

    From personal experience over the years, the ones I find pretending run over mention of records or fail to answer simple questions known to all Viet Nam Vets.

    I will readily admit there is a small number of Viet Nam Veterans who became liberals, but most of us became conservatives.

    If your assessment is correct, Pete, I’d imagine he was drafted more as a waterboy.

    Sort of off subject, but I found out in my old papers that I still have my Draft Notice. Never turned it in because I went down and enlisted in the Army.

  13. Lew

    “I will readily admit there is a small number of Viet Nam Veterans who became liberals, but most of us became conservatives.”

    I certainly count myself among the latter. Unlike you I was a draftee.

  14. Pete, I enlisted after receiving my draft notice.

    Drafted or enlisted, all I knew served with honor and distinction. Many who were drafted stayed in while others chose to get out. Many paid a price for our freedoms and others cane through unscathed.

    I don’t know if you ever have had a chance to read this, but one I wrote for Veterans Day 2007, America’s Veterans, A Better Breed

    Welcome Home, Brother.

  15. Lew,

    “Many paid a price for our freedoms and others cane through unscathed.”

    I was fortunate to again have been in the latter group. I was in country during most of 1970.

    Thanks for forwarding your article. It is hard to dispute your words. I sometimes think, however, that my experience in the military was one of the greatest lessons of my life and the knowledge gained invaluable. In retrospect, I suspect I am the one that should be grateful.

  16. Pete, I was in country from mid-1969 to jan 1, 1971, so we must have been there at the same time.

    Like you, I too came through mostly unscathed, suffering no significant injury other than a sprained ankle and minor cuts.

    In all, I also agree that my time in the Army was very beneficial to me in many ways.

    Too bad so few today haven’t taken part in the Military and all it offers for life.

  17. Lew

    In country early Jan 1970, left Dec 23, 1970. 173rd Airborne Brigade, Binh Dinh Province, Pacification Program.

    I think you are right, it is too bad that many young people don’t have or more accurately take the opportunity spend time in the Military.

  18. Pete, I was with C Troop 7/17th Air Cav, Central Highlands, An Son (just inland from Qui Nhon), An Khe, Pleiku. We often flew support for the 173rd.

    It’s very possible our paths crossed.

    Early in ’70, February if I recall right, we moved over to An Khe, preparing for the push into Cambodia and moved back to An Son later in ’70, September or October.

    I was actually scheduled to leave country December 30, but due to snafu’s by Flying Tigers Airline, didn’t get out until January 1.

    Long and frustrating story

  19. Lew

    We may well have crossed paths. I was with the C Co,1st Bn, 503rd. We were supported primarily out of LZ Uplift. For the first quarter of my tour was on the beach NE of Phu My, then inland about a mile, and final 3 monthsor so west Higway 1 and Phu My.

    I remember being on standby for the Cambodia invasion. I think it was in May. I had been in country for a while and we were on 15 minute alert in case you guys hit something.

  20. Early May, as I recall, Pete. I don’t recall significant opposition, but we sure uncovered a lot of arms and supplies. Too bad they made us stop and pull back out.

    Have you checked out Oath Keepers Guardians of the Republic yet?

    A good group we should support, I feel.

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