Last week, U.S. Rep. Linda Sánchez, D-Calif.., introduced a resolution making the last Saturday in March “Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day” and two congressmen from the Sunshine State back the idea.
Sánchez has been pushing the idea since 2003 and she weighed in on last week on why she continues to espouse it.
“Those who risk their lives in uniform for our nation deserve nothing less than a hero’s welcome when they return,” said Sánchez. “Unfortunately, far too many who served in Vietnam never received that welcome, and instead were met with hostility fueled by public debate about the war. This resolution honors the heroes who served in Vietnam the way they should have always been honored. I have introduced this resolution every Congress since I was elected and I am proud to do so again alongside colleagues on both sides of the aisle.”
U.S. Rep. Mike Gallagher, R-Wis., is the lead Republican on the resolution which has the backing of more than 15 other co-sponsors.
“Vietnam veterans did not receive the welcome home they deserved. While our country has come a long way in celebrating the men and women in our armed forces, it’s past time to honor the courage and sacrifice those who served in Vietnam,” said Gallagher. “I’m proud to join Rep. Sanchez in this effort to ensure these veterans get the long-overdue recognition they earned for their service to our country.”
Two members of the Florida delegation–U.S. Rep. Al Lawson, D-Fla., and U.S. Rep. Greg Steube, R-Fla.–are also backing the resolution.
“Our district is honored to be home to over 74,000 veterans, many of whom served in Vietnam,” Steube said. “Unfortunately, these veterans did not receive the proper recognition they deserved when they arrived home from serving our country decades ago. Designating an official day of recognition for their service is a small step towards giving them the appreciation they deserve.”
The resolution was sent to the U.S. House Veterans Affairs Committee last week.
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