Vietnam War Veterans Recognition Act of 2017 (S. 305)

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

wikipedia article about Memorial in DC click image

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


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6 Responses to Vietnam War Veterans Recognition Act of 2017 (S. 305)

  1. Beth Allison-Christy says:

    Great- it’s “nice” to have an official day I guess. I care for my 73 year old brother in my home and honor him everyday for his service. My question is who gives a S**T about a day….I’m in year TWENTY-TWO of fighting these bastards to get my brother disability for PTSD and AO—sure they ‘gave’ him 40% WTH?? Letters to Congressmen with nothing more than a courtesy letter ever 120 days to say they contacted VA on his behalf and VA is still “working on it” My last appeal for him was June 2014…SMH I just don’t get it. He’s gonna die before the bastards help him….thanks for the vent space

    • Kiedove says:

      Beth, Your vents are welcome here. For the appeals are you using a VSO, attorney, agent, or going it alone (pro se)?

  2. asknod says:

    Hey, we took a Bronze (3rd place). You can’t win them all, right?

  3. john king says:

    After being ignored and vilified for almost five decades as a Vietnam Vet I don’t give a $#@% about the Recognition Act of 2017. The press, government and military still refers to the “Vietnam Syndrome” when they want to point to a military failure. They all failed us. We did not fail the country. They are still failing us.

  4. cleasr left says:

    Frick em all

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