2021 WELCOME HOME VIETNAM VETERANS DAY
- Vietnam Veterans/widow(ers), Parade Entries - Registration/waiver below
- Groups - Email a roster of your Vietnam Vets with Tshirt sizes to [email protected]
- Spectators - Bring your "Thank You" posters - Registration/waiver below
Floats must have educational information on both sides of the vehicle such as:
- Your City/State/Organization
- List of your town/group/families Vietnam Veterans by branch and years served
- Pictures of VV who are gone but not forgotten
HISTORY OF WELCOME HOME VIETNAM VETERANS DAY
Historically, Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day is a holiday that has been celebrated since 1973 on either March 29th or March 30th of each year through a patchwork of state resolutions. The first Vietnam Veterans Day, declared by President Richard Nixon in 1974, coincided with the one-year anniversary of the withdrawal of U.S. combat forces from Vietnam on March 29, 1973. Today, the holiday is officially observed on March 29th and is referred to as National Vietnam War Veterans Day, BUT IN WARM SPRINGS it is celebrated in the summer.
Why Do We Recognize National Vietnam War Veterans Day?
National Vietnam War Veterans Day is an opportunity to recognize and give thanks for all who served during the Vietnam War, including those who were wounded, gave their lives, or went missing. Even in the face of controversy and opposition at home, millions of Americans honorably answered the call to serve our country during this tumultuous time in history. And when those who were fortunate enough to come home finally returned, they were met by ugly protests, scorn and neglect.
National Vietnam War Veterans Day is the heroes welcome they never received. It underscores the need to heal their painful wounds and allows us the occasion each year to pause and give respect, admiration and thanks to the patriotic men and women who sacrificed so much in service to their nation.
Credit: the Paralyzed Veterans of America
LEGISLATION THAT AFFECT VETERANS
The Deborah Sampson Act (1/5/2021)
The Act aims to make invisible women veterans visible and to create equitable access to healthcare, housing, legal services, and other resources and benefits. The summary of the bill can be found at: https://shulkinblog.com
Deborah Sampson was a Massachusetts woman who disguised herself as a man in order to serve in the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War. She is one of a small number of women with a documented record of military combat experience in that war. She served 17 months in the army under the name “Robert Shirtleiff” of Uxbridge, Massachusetts, was wounded in 1782, and was honorably discharged at West Point, New York, in 1783.
National Defense Authorization Act (1/1/2021)
Homeless Veterans Coronavirus Response Act of 2020 (1/5/2021)
This bill addresses the administration of Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) programs and benefits for homeless veterans during the COVID-19 (i.e., coronavirus disease 2019) public health emergency. Details can be accessed at: https://www.congress.gov/bill/116th-congress/house-bill/7105?q=%7B"search"%3A%5B"hr7105"%5D%7D&s=2&r=1
S.2950 - Veterans Burn Pits Exposure Recognition Act of 2020 is on the calendar to amend title 38, United States Code, to concede exposure to airborne hazards and toxins from burn pits under certain circumstances, and for other purposes. DETAILS
Starting Oct 2, 2020 veterans from World War II, the Korean and Vietnam War eras whose injuries or illnesses occurred on or before May 7, 1975, are eligible for VA’s Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers (PCAFC), marking a significant victory for disabled veterans and their caregivers who have waited decades for these support services. Visit www.caregiver.va.gov to find eligibility criteria and application information.
Our most sacred responsibility as a nation is to care for our fellow men and women who have served this nation with honor. Only with servant leadership and direct contact with our fellow veterans can we uncover the true needs of our warriors and avert potential crisis...at Action Center (votervoice.net)
117TH US CONGRESS
Representative Greg Walden ended his 22 years in Congress last November. He was easy to contact and followed up on legislative concerns of our members. in 2019 Representative Walden and the Consule General for the Republic of South Korea came to Warm Springs to honor local Korean War Veterans for their distinguished service and sacxrifice.
Walden is replaced by Cliff Bentz, who took his oath of office January 5, 2021. Cliff Bentz is a third generation Oregonian, rancher, businessman, attorney, and a former state legislator. The district includes all or part of 20 counties across northern, eastern, central, and southern Oregon. Committee selection have not been announced yet.
For confidentiality, this survey is on paper and will not be available electronically.
Please mail completed survey to:
PO Box 1296
Warm Springs, OR 97761