WASHINGTON, D.C. – Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) wants to honor the veterans who served in Vietnam by designating March 29th, as “Vietnam Veterans Day.” March 29th marks the anniversary of the day that combat and combat support units withdrew completely from South Vietnam. Sen. Toomey is joining Sens. Richard Burr (R-N.C.) and Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) in supporting this bipartisan resolution.
“I am proud to work with Sens. Burr and Boxer to honor our Vietnam veterans,” said Sen. Toomey. “Many of the individuals who answered the call to serve in Vietnam did not receive the warm welcome they deserved when they came home. It’s entirely fitting that we officially and permanently recognize them now.”
Since taking office in 2011, Sen. Toomey has made veterans a priority and is a member of the bipartisan Senate Veterans Jobs Caucus. In addition to supporting the “Vietnam Veterans Day” resolution, Sen. Toomey sponsored the “Clothe a Homeless Hero Act,” which was signed into law by President Obama in January 2013. Similarly, in August 2012, his “Veterans Sexual Assault Prevention Act” became law. Sen. Toomey has also undertaken efforts to reduce the current backlog of veterans’ disability claims within the VA, supported a tax credit for employers who hire unemployed veterans, and ensured that tuition payments to military personnel were protected from sequestration cuts.
Pennsylvania veterans thanked Sen. Toomey for his support of the “Vietnam Veterans Day” resolution:
“It’s outstanding that Sen. Toomey is working to support and honor our Vietnam vets. Sen. Toomey’s overall work on behalf of veterans is commendable and we thank Sen. Toomey for all his efforts,” said Steven Ryersbach, Past State Commander- AMVETS Department of Pennsylvania.
“We as a nation need to do more in order honor and remember our Vietnam veterans.” “This is a great honor for my fellow Vietnam veterans and me. I thank Senator Toomey for all the work he does on behalf of veterans,” said Bob Body, retired Navy officer and Senior Vice Commander of District 27 of the VFW.
“I think it is only proper and fitting that our veterans who served honorably and with dignity during the Vietnam War have this special day set aside to remember and honor both their service and the many sacrifices they made for America. It is especially fitting given the countless things that Vietnam veterans have done for the generations of veterans who have come after them. Many of the benefits and honors our current veterans receive are a direct result of the advocacy and tenacity of Vietnam veterans. It is appreciated that Sen. Toomey has proposed this legislation to honor our Vietnam veterans,” said Joe Eastman, retired Navy officer and Director of Veteran Services at Broad Street Ministry.
~ News Release via Pat Toomey, U.S. Senator for Pennsylvania ~
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