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@ the Sneak E Squirrel, Sylva  - 4:00 PM

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Daniel S. Wheeler

National Adjutant, The American Legion

       “Every Day Is Veterans Day”

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Presidential Proclamation for Flag at half-staff

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Photo posted in cooperation with The American Legion

Post 104 Vice-Commander and 1st Vice-commander Roy Burnette forwarded an email that originated from the AFVN Group members. These former service members of the Armed Forces Vietnam Network (AFVN) radio and TV affiliations in Vietnam, from 1962 to 1973, have finally received national recognition for  their service in Vietnam. I applaud those government leaders who pushed for this legislation and the President for graciously signing into law. It is long overdue recognition that will live on as a permanent day of remembrance for all veterans and current service members.

Though  I did not serve in Vietnam, this former “dog soldier” served (1971-74) during the closing of the Vietnam ERA, when it was a time of unrest across our nation, a time when the public frowned greatly on anyone in uniform. Personally, I was proud to serve our nation, wherever I was stationed. However, it is not we who served in the Armed Forces during those trying times who deserve the greatest recognition, but those who fought and even died in Vietnam. They deserve this great honor that our government has finally bestowed on them and their surviving families.

Mark your calendar for March 29, 2018 and may our nation never forget the sacrifices that our service members and their families made during this time of war.

Vietnam Veterans Day

Vietnam Veterans Recognition Act

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Legislation Creating Vietnam Veterans Day Signed Into Law

President Donald Trump recently signed legislation into law. The "Vietnam War Veterans Recognition Act" (S. 305) sponsored by Senators Pat Toomey (Penn.) and Joe Donnelly (Ind.) establishes March 29 as Vietnam Veterans Day. The date was selected because March 29, 1973 was the date that the last combat troops were ordered out of Vietnam. The bill passed the Senate and House unanimously. The law makes March 29 an official day "the flag should be displayed."

"In many cases, Vietnam veterans did not receive the warm welcome they earned when they came home. Thankfully, in the years following the Vietnam War, people and organizations across the country took it upon themselves to right this wrong by honoring the sacrifice and dedication the service our Vietnam veterans displayed. Permanently designating March 29th as National Vietnam War Veterans Day is a small, yet significant step, in these efforts," said Sen. Toomey.

"With this bipartisan bill signed into law, we can finally give our Vietnam veterans the additional recognition they deserve. These Americans sacrificed to protect our country. They are our family, friends, and neighbors. It is important to honor and remember their patriotism, service and sacrifice," said Sen. Donnelly.

FRA thanks Sens. Toomey and Donnelly for their leadership on this bill and their ongoing efforts to support all veterans

 AFVN Group

CPT James Ahn - Memorial Scholarship

for Special Forces veterans

The following excerpt is from an email request I received concerning a deceased veteran of the US Army Special Forces and a scholarship program which is being offered in his honor to all Special Forces veterans who are seeking a higher education.  Follow the link below to find out more about the scholarship. David Zachary, Sylva Post 104 webmaster.

“My name is Lieutenant Colonel Robert Kirkland (U.S. Army, Retired).  I am a life member of the VFW and a member of the American Legion.   I am reaching out to you to see if you can post to your website an annual scholarship we are sponsoring for a student who served in the U.S. Army Special Forces and is now a full time student.   The award is for $1000.

It is named in honor of Captain James Ahn who died in a tragic parachuting accident while with his unit in Washington State in 2015.   The following is the link to the website:  CPT James Ahn Memorial Scholarship.    I was James’ Army ROTC Professor of Military Science when he was a cadet at the University of California Riverside.

Thanks so much for your help with letting your members know about this scholarship.”


LTC Rob Kirkland

CPT James Ahn - Memorial photo
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