As we start 2019 I am reminded of how grateful I am to be a member of VVA Chapter 392. Just this week I met a homeless Vietnam at our center who was visiting for the first time. He is living in a tent near a local park and had heard about the center when someone gave him a flyer. He was a little bit in shock to find a place like ours targeted to the needs of veterans like himself.
We spoke about his service and he told me that he had been a Navy corpsman during the war. I asked him if he had received his 50th Anniversary recognition and he said he didn't know what that was.
I explained that this program came about to give Vietnam veterans the welcome home they never received when they came home, and then made the presentation of the program pin and certificate to him:
"On behalf of the President of the United States, the Department of Defense and a grateful nation, I am pleased to present you with this pin and certificate in recognition of your service during the Vietnam War. Thank you for your service and welcome home!"
He was grateful and visibly moved to have been finally thanked for his service and welcomed home. Hopefully, the future looks brighter for this veteran now that he's found a support network at our Vet center and a community of Vietnam vets to assist him.
I look forward to a great year for our chapter in 2019 and send my best wishes to our members and the greater vet community for the new year!
VVA Chapter 392 President
P.S. If you haven't received your 50th Anniversary award yet, come to one of our regular chapter meetings or drop by the center on a Tuesday or Thursday morning.