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Around the nation, VA employees are taking the opportunity to thank and honor Vietnam War era Veterans and their families for their incredible service and sacrifices 50 years ago.
March 29 will mark the second celebration of National Vietnam War Veterans Day. This special day was added to our list of national observances when the president signed into law the Vietnam War Veterans Recognition Act of 2017.
Led by the Department of Defense, VA sustains more than 465 commemorative partnerships in recognizing the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War. In fact, VA is proudly hosting more than 775 events to recognize Vietnam-era Veterans who served between Nov 1, 1955 to May 15, 1975, regardless of duty location around the world as all answered a nation’s call to service. VA also joins more than 11,000 local, state and national organizations who have partnered to assist DoD in honoring the 6.6 million living Vietnam Veterans.
At the Vietnam Memorial in Washington, D.C., VA officials will participate in a wreath laying ceremony with Deputy Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan. Additionally, commemorative lapel pins and coins will be presented to more than a dozen Vietnam War-era Veterans who are part of the event.
“It is really great that this commemoration for Vietnam Vets is taking place now because many Vietnam Vets experienced a lack of acceptance and recognition from the general public for their service,” said Bill Outlaw, a U.S. Air Force Veterans who served in Vietnam in 1970 who works for the Office