Fw: CalVet News ACR 151 Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans
- More good news - especially for the Vietnam Veterans among us.You can't go wrong recognizing Vietnam Veterans Veterans Day, November 11, and at council meetings in December.October is a traditional month to recognize the Navy and November the Marine Corps.Phelps HobartVice President, Veteran AffairsPacific Central Region, NLUS_____________________________----- Original Message -----From: News For VeteransTo: Arteaga, JaimeSent: Friday, August 29, 2008 5:27 PMSubject: CalVet News ACR 151 Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans
CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS
Contact: JP Tremblay
Legislation and Public Affairs
August 29, 2008
WELCOME HOMEVIETNAM VETERANS WEEK TAKES PLACE IN DECEMBER
Assembly Concurrent Resolution 151, which honors California Vietnam veterans by establishing a Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Week, was recently passed unanimously by the California State Legislature.
More than 5,800 Californians lost their lives in Vietnam more than any other state in the country, and although California is home to approximately 200,000 living Vietnam veterans, many have yet to experience a thank you, a pat on the back or a simple welcome home.
It is only right that Vietnam Veterans get the thanks they deserve, said Tom Johnson, Secretary of Veterans Affairs. These veterans may have served our country during an unpopular war, but their service was admirable, patriotic, and worthy of praise. I salute them and extend my hand in gratitude.
ACR 151, introduced by Assemblyman Paul Cook (R Yucca Valley ), a retired Marine Corps Colonel , Vietnam veteran and Purple Heart recipient, finally gives California Vietnam veterans the recognized welcome home they deserve.
Many Vietnam veterans are still struggling with the way they were treated when they returned to the United States , says Assemblyman Cook. This resolution goes a long way towards healing the wounds these veterans have carried for years in a country that has forgotten them.
The resolution dates coincide with the California Vietnam Veterans Memorial 20th Anniversary, an event commencing on December 10 with the reading of the names for all 5,822 Californians who gave their lives in defense of our country during the Vietnam War and ends on December 14 with a sunrise POW/MIA ceremony held at the Memorial. All veterans are invited to attend the California Vietnam Veterans Memorials 20th dedication anniversary.
For more information about the California Vietnam Veterans Memorial 20th Anniversary events, go to www.CAVietnamMemorial.com.
Attached is a flyer about the December 13, 2008 Parade and Ceremony.