Pres. Trump signed Public Law No.115-15 on 3/28/17. Will towns and cities across the USA fly flags out of respect for all Vietnam veterans decades after it ended?
Although we know that tens of thousands of Vietnam veterans have died from diseases from exposure to AO, HCV, or have PTSD, and other illnesses due to their service, the 58,307 names, on the Vietnam War Memorial are authorized by DoD only. (Link)
The Department of Defense compiled a list of combat zone casualties according to Presidential Executive Order #11216, handed down by President Lyndon B. Johnson on April 24, 1965. It specified Vietnam, and adjacent coastal waters, as a combat zone. This zone was expanded to include Laos, Cambodia and Air Force bases in Thailand
Why March 29? From a Pat Toomy (R-Pa) press release (Link):
- The Vietnam War Veterans Recognition Act is the first federal statute that specifically provides for the honoring of Vietnam War veterans
• Permanently designates March 29th annually as National Vietnam War Veterans Day
• On March 29, 1973, the last combat troops were ordered out of Vietnam
While many troops remained behind before the fall of Saigon – March 29th holds great meaning for many Vietnam veterans
• Includes March 29th as a day “the flag should be displayed”
The Wall was built in 1982. Thirty-five years later, Vietnam vets get an annual flag day in friendly communities. Incredible. Hard not to feel cynical. Couldn’t Clinton, Bush or Obama managed even a little little respect?
Yet this bill sped through the House and Senate. Whether the flying of flags will motivate communities to build subsidized housing for veterans, expand choice, or demand true legal representation for benefits claims, specialty qualified C & P examiners, free IMOs chosen by the veteran to satisfy the nexus letter requirements, and other reforms, remains to be seen.
|03/28/2017||Signed by President.|
|03/23/2017||Presented to President.|
|03/21/2017||Passed/agreed to in House: On passage Passed by voice vote.|
|03/21/2017||Committee on the Judiciary discharged.|
|02/03/2017||Passed/agreed to in Senate: Introduced in the Senate, read twice, considered, read the third time, and passed without amendment by Unanimous Consent.|
|02/03/2017||Introduced in Senate|