This past Friday at Fort Stewart, GA hundreds of Vietnam War veterans gathered to get the welcome home they never received. Fifty years ago, after the controversial conflict in Vietnam ended, American troops did not receive a homecoming welcome like the vets did who fought in Afghanistan and Iraq. We live in a culture that values our servicemen and women protecting our freedom and the freedom of others, but that wasn’t always the case. One veteran in the video said, “I was ostracized. Spit on. Beat on. And employers wouldn’t hire me.” Many American misplaced blame on volunteer and drafted men instead of the American government.
This video by Colonel Jack Jacobs made us tear up. So many grateful veterans and families were so ecstatic to get their rightful homecoming, even if it was decades later. “It’s long overdue. Those people deserve the right all veterans have,” said one emotional attendee.
“I don’t think people realize the depth of feeling those soldiers, sailors and airmen and marines from Vietnam feel,” said Vietnam veteran and mayor of Hinesville, Georgia James Thomas, Jr.
Thank you, Vietnam Veterans!
This video of an overdue homecoming and welcome back for Vietnam vets made us tear up.