(168) Honoring Vietnam Veterans–50 Years Later

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A Blog about a Service Dog and her Veteran with PTSD

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March 29, 2016 represents the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War. While usually a 50th anniversary commemorates wedded bliss and a long marriage, this anniversary is anything but blissful or a happy union. In fact, for many Vietnam Veterans, it represents the beginning of a life riddled with nightmares and memories of tragic endings.

Since William started wearing a hat announcing his service in Vietnam, strangers approach him in restaurants and other public places to thank him for his service. It took him nearly 50 years after the war to display his service openly due to the shame affixed to Veterans of this war. As well, it took 50 years before anyone thanked him for his service. From discussions with other Vietnam Veterans, they cited similar experiences.

50 anniversary of Vietnam

Nine thousand service organizations plan to join the VA and the Department of Defense for commemoration ceremonies on March 29 to honor the nine million men and women, who answered the call to duty, serving between November 1, 1955 and May 15, 1975. Three hundred and twenty-nine VA medical centers, regional benefit offices, and national cemeteries will host commemorative events on Tuesday, March 29. For more information, click here.

Miss Molly wears a Vietnam War hat

Miss Molly’s Tribute to Vietnam Veterans 

“Since I’m only five years old, I wasn’t around when you were called into service. Thank you for answering the call to duty, as I know it was a ruff experience. THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE AND SACRIFICE. Welcome home.

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About the blogger 

Dr. Penelope “Penny” Culbreth-Graft is a retired city manager and graduate professor. She lives with her disabled Vietnam Veteran husband, William, and his service dog, Molly, on Cheyenne Mountain in Colorado. She writes, paints, cares for her husband, and spends time with her granddaughter.