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Burdens of War
[FINAL Edition]
The Washington Post - Washington, D.C.
Subjects: Vietnam War; Atrocities; Veterans
Author: Max Cleland Chuck Hagel and John Kerry
Date: Apr 29, 2001
Start Page: B.07

Second, we believe that this episode can serve as an opportunity for our country to tell all of our veterans, especially the Vietnam veterans, that we appreciate their military service and that we are truly grateful for their sacrifices. From the Bonus Army marching on Washington, and the World War II veterans who waited a half-century to be awarded their high school diplomas, to Persian Gulf vets forced to demand recognition of Gulf War Syndrome, veterans of all wars have had to fight too hard for the basic services and dignity owed to them. The return home for many Vietnam veterans was made all the more devastating when many of their fellow citizens shunned their service and demonized the soldiers who left home to fight for their country. It is never too late to give Vietnam veterans the welcome they deserve -- and it's especially important today to offer Vietnam veterans the understanding they were denied for so long.

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