Congresswoman Linda T. Sánchez (CA-39) today praised President Obama for proclaiming March 29, 2012 "Vietnam Veterans Day." Congresswoman Sánchez, a member of the House Veterans' Affairs Committee, has been a leading advocate for a designating a day to honor Vietnam War veterans and worked closely with the White House on this issue. This week, Congresswoman Sánchez introduced legislation (H. Res 601) giving long overdue recognition to thousands of Vietnam War veterans with "Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day 2012," which commemorates the day when the last U.S. combat troops completed their service and left Vietnam.
"As a nation, we have fallen short in our duty to properly recognize the brave men and women who served in Vietnam," said Congresswoman Sánchez. "Too many of our troops returned from Vietnam after honorably serving our country and never received a proper homecoming, or even a simple "thank you and welcome home.' Instead, many Vietnam veterans returned home to face hostility, harsh ridicule, and criticism from the American public. We are long overdue in honoring these veterans for their dedicated service to our country."
Congresswoman Sánchez has introduced a "Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day" resolution every Congress since she was elected in 2002. The resolution has always received broad bipartisan support by the House of Representatives.
Congresswoman Sánchez work to honor Vietnam veterans began in 2003, following a meeting with constituent Jose Ramos, a Vietnam veteran from Whittier, CA, who has worked tirelessly to recognize his fellow veterans.