Washington, DC- Congresswoman Linda Sánchez (CA-38) has introduced legislation honoring Vietnam War veterans. The resolution (H. Res XX) designates March 30, 2014 as “Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day” and coincides with the anniversary of the day when the last United States combat troops completed their service and left Vietnam.
“Too many of our Vietnam War veterans returned home to hostility and harsh ridicule from the American public,” said Congresswoman Sánchez. “Declaring March 30th as ‘Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day’ would ensure that they are given proper recognition for dedicating themselves to our country. It is an overdue gesture that conveys our debt of gratitude for their sacrifice and service to our country.”
"Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day is of tremendous importance for all who have served our country, not only for our Vietnam Veterans,” said José Ramos, founder of Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day. “The love and respect of our great nation is expressed for our Veterans each and every time we gather to thank them for their service. To each and every US honorably discharged Veteran, I say thank you for your service and ‘Welcome home.’"
Congresswoman Sánchez has introduced the “Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans” resolution every Congress since she was elected in 2002. Her work to honor Vietnam veterans began after she met with constituent José Ramos, a Vietnam veteran from Whittier, CA, who has worked tirelessly to recognize his fellow veterans.