On Tuesday, President Trump signed Senate Bill 305, the ‘Vietnam War Veterans Recognition Act of 2017’ into law. The act designates March 29 as National Vietnam War Veterans Day to commemorate those who served in Vietnam.
March 29 is the day in 1973 when the last batch of U.S combat troops left Vietnam. President Trump Tweeted: “Tonight I’m proud to sign S. 305, which encourages the display of the U.S. flag on National Vietnam War Veterans Day tomorrow, March 29th.”
According to Military Times, the bill was sponsored by Sen. Pat Toomey and Sen. Joe Donnelly.
U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey (R-PA), who co-authored the bill with Joe Donnelly (D-IN), said,
“Some of them were actually treated quite poorly. And that was a tragic period in our history driven by people’s perceptions of the war. Fortunately, that, I think, is behind us now. And I hope and I believe we’ve gotten to a place where the American people realize how much we really should be grateful to the men and the women who served this country in Vietnam during that very, very difficult time.”
And Zachariah Pearson, director of McKean County, Penn. Veterans Affairs added,
“Vietnam veterans nobly served during a conflict which was not too popular during that time. It’s an absolute shame the way in which this country responded to the welcoming home of our Vietnam veterans. When they got home, they struggled to find employment, healthcare and places to go to talk about some of the events that took place over there.”