U.S. Senators Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and Richard Burr (R-NC), co-chairs of the Senate Military Family Caucus, today introduced a bill that would encourage the President to issue a proclamation each year designating March 29 as "Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day" to honor all members of our Armed Forces who served during the Vietnam War.
Senator Boxer said, "Each and every American service member who sacrifices for our country deserves to be welcomed home by a grateful nation. Establishing a national day of recognition for veterans of the Vietnam War will honor their service and show the deep appreciation we feel for these brave men and women."
Senator Burr said, "American troops served bravely and faithfully during the Vietnam War, and these veterans deserve our recognition and the gratitude they earned. Unfortunately, when these service members returned home, they were caught in the crossfire of public debate about our nation's involvement in the Vietnam War, and many never received the reception and recognition they deserved."
Establishing a "Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day" would honor Vietnam veterans annually on the date the last American combat forces withdrew from Vietnam, according to the terms of the Treaty of Paris. More than 58,000 members of the United States Armed Forces lost their lives and more than 300,000 were wounded in Vietnam.
In recent years, both the Senate and the House of Representatives have unanimously passed resolutions expressing support for a national "Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day."
Last year, Senators Boxer and Burr led a bipartisan group of lawmakers from both chambers in sending a letter to President Obama requesting that he designate March 29 as a national day of observance to honor our Vietnam veterans. Today, President Obama issued a proclamation designating March 29, 2012, as "Vietnam Veterans Day."