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Goodlatte to Host Vietnam Veterans Commemoration in Lexington

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Washington, August 14, 2017 | Beth Breeding (202-225-5431) | comments
Congressman Bob Goodlatte announced today that he will host a Vietnam Veterans Commemoration on Thursday, August 31, in Lexington to honor the men and women who served our country during the Vietnam Era:

“On March 29, 1973, the last combat troops were withdrawn from Vietnam. Tragically, when they returned to the United States, these veterans, like many who returned earlier in the war, were greeted with a cold, and at times hostile, reception. Their stories remind us that most returning veterans were not even acknowledged for their sacrifice. While the nation has worked to correct this terrible mistake over the last few decades, there is more we can all do to honor Vietnam veterans.

“In commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War, I am honored to host a Vietnam Veterans Commemoration to recognize, honor, and thank Vietnam veterans for their service and sacrifice. My staff will also be on hand assist veterans who may be having trouble dealing with the Department of Veterans Affairs or other federal agencies. If you, or a veteran you know, would like to be recognized, I encourage you to register online or call my Staunton office. Many brave men and women in the Sixth District selflessly served our country during this time, and I look forward to this special event.”


Thursday, August 31, at 4:30PM
Registration begins at 4PM

Lexington National Guard Armory (behind Rockbridge County High School)
95 Hines Lane
Lexington, Virginia 24450

Vietnam veterans are asked to register in advance by visiting Goodlatte.House.Gov/VietnamVeterans. For questions, or to register by phone, please call Congressman Goodlatte’s office at 540-885-3861.

Additional Information

The Vietnam Veterans Commemoration will honor veterans who served during the Vietnam Era from November 1, 1955 to May 15, 1975. Veterans wishing to participate in the commemoration must be residents of the Sixth Congressional District of Virginia. All Vietnam veterans in attendance will receive a pin to honor their service. Constituent service staff will also be on hand to assist veterans with issues they may have with the Department of Veterans Affairs or other federal agencies. Family members and friends of Vietnam veterans are invited to attend; however, please understand that seating for veterans or those with disabilities will be prioritized.

Congressman Goodlatte is a participant in the United States of America Vietnam War Commemorative Partner Program.
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