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The VVA Veteran Reviews Prelude

Prelude was recently reviewed by David Wilson, a reviewer from the site “Books in Review II.” Wilson's review eloquently chronicles his reaction to the novel alongside his own experience in Vietnam. "I highly recommend this novel, both as a good read and as a glimpse into the lives of...

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Alaska — Welcome Home! Vietnam Veterans Day Signed Into Law

On Friday 3/29/13, Governor Sean Parnell of Alaska signed legislation designating March 29 as Vietnam Veterans Day.

Alaska Public Media’s article, written by Rosemarie Alexander,chronicled the day’s events eloquently, as it quoted Fairbanks Representative Steve Thompson.

Fairbanks Rep. Steve Thompson introduced the bill and soon had the majority of legislators signing on. He explained the significance of March 29 at the bill signing.

“On March 29, 1973, all U.S. troops withdrew from Vietnam, marking an end of the 10 years of United States military involvement. Upon their return, Vietnam veterans were not greeted with parades and triumph and speeches, such as the ones delivered at the end of the world wars. Instead, Vietnam veterans returned home to silence and in some cases abuse for having served their country during a controversial war.”

Nearly 60,000 Americans died in the Vietnam War.

As promised, we want to continue to highlight the exciting news and events surrounding the 2013 Vietnam Veterans Day as more states adopt it, more cities hold events, and more citizens gain an awareness and appreciation for our Veterans and Servicemen. So please share if you’ve found any articles, stories, events and we’ll be sure to research them and get a post up in the coming weeks!


*Photo courtesy Alaska House Majority and Alaska Public Media
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