Vietnam vets finally given “welcome home”
Decades ago, a group of Polk County’s young men were sent off to war in the dark jungles of southeast Asia, struggling to survive year-long tours of duty whether by conscription or through their own choice.
Once back in the United States, their service went unhonored during the midst of an unpopular war. Now as the United States approaches then end of the 40th anniversary of the end of America’s presence in Vietnam, those men who sacrificed are finally being shown appreciation by the State of Georgia.
Georgia Department of Veterans Services Commissoner Mike Roby, along with State Rep. Trey Kelley and many other local leaders were on hand at an American Legion ceremony to honor those servicemen who fought half a world away a lifetime ago.
More than 40 veterans were on hand at Cedartown’s Post 86 on Dec. 10 for the event, in which Roby said the state was working to honor more than 234,000 Vietnam veterans across Georgia over the next several years.
Roby said the program, created in partnership with the GDVS, in conjunction with the office of Gov. Nathan Deal, have been working since March to right the wrongs of the past and provide Vietnam veterans with the recognition they
Georgia Department of Veterans Services Commissioner Mike Roby, State Rep. Trey Kelley, Post 86 Commander Glafus Bowling and former District Commander Randy Goodman pose for a photograph before ceremonies honoring Vietnam veterans on Thursday, Dec. 10.