Vermont finally welcomes home Vietnam Vets

Above, Vietnam Veterans of America Vermont State Council President and longtime Shelburne resident Perry Melvin welcomes the audience at the Vietnam Veterans “Welcome Home” Day in Vermont at Norwich University in Northfield Sunday, March 30. Photo by Mark Collier, Norwich University​

Above, Vietnam Veterans of America Vermont State Council President and longtime Shelburne resident Perry Melvin welcomes the audience at the Vietnam Veterans “Welcome Home” Day in Vermont at Norwich University in Northfield Sunday, March 30. Photo by Mark Collier, Norwich University​

It may have taken 41 years, but Vermont Vietnam Veterans were finally welcomed home and properly recognized by the State thanks to the efforts of Rep. Vicki Strong. A Republican from Albany, Vt., Strong acknowledged that while servicemen from other wars were treated like heroes when they returned home, Vietnam Vets were not. Worse yet, they were treated dishonorably. To correct this wrong, Strong, who lost a son in Iraq, asked legislators to help her accomplish two things: sign a House Resolution thanking Vietnam Vets for their service and officially welcome them home. Legislators overwhelmingly agreed and after conferring with the Bennington Veterans Home on how to honor the Vets, Strong planned three events March 28-30 for their benefit. Activities for the weekend included a Friday event at the Statehouse, a “Welcome Home” Day at the Bennington Veterans Home on Saturday, and a dignitary event on Sunday at Norwich University.

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