Sunday, June 9, 2013

Ride reaches out to Vietnam veterans

Ride reaches out to Vietnam veterans
Star News
by Nathan Warner
Contributing writer
June 7, 2013

Vietnam veterans gathered in Otsego on Thursday to receive a “welcome home” and “thank you” for their service to their country that many never got.

For many veterans of the Vietnam war, this was the first time any such official appreciation has been given for their service. The event was one of many stops in Minnesota as part the Ride for Healing – a project to visit local communities and call out Vietnam Veterans for a distinction long withheld.

“Sadly, many Vietnam veterans have not joined the VFW because of how they were treated when they returned from service,” Minnesota VFW Advocate General, Duane Hermanson said, who presided over the ceremony in Otsego, “and we hope that this long overdue appreciation for what they did for their country will help heal that pain.”
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