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Wednesday, January 26, 2011

DOD Project for VN Vets

I got this in an email and thought I'd pass it along for those of you who haven't seen it yet. ~CJ

Defense Department Begins Project for Vietnam War Veterans
Courtesy of American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON -- More than three decades after the war’s end, the Defense Department has begun a project to pay tribute to the nation’s Vietnam War veterans. The 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War Commemoration was spawned from the 2008 National Defense Authorization Act.

“It was a very important time period for veterans, because most Vietnam veterans, as a whole, never received the homecoming that our troops receive now,” said Army Lt. Col. Hunter Holliday, public affairs officer for the commemoration.

At the center of the project is a website, 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War Commemoration, which will serve as a clearinghouse for information on the war once it is fully functional, a milestone expected this spring.

"Information gleaned from the website is expected to be used for a myriad of purposes, such as to chronicle facts, provide educational materials, and offer resources for a commemorative partners program," Holliday said.

The partners program will comprise guidance and materials for agencies, veterans groups, local government and nongovernment organizations to conduct their own Vietnam War commemoration activities. A calendar will also list major DOD-sponsored events.

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