Viet­nam vets fi­nally given “wel­come home”

The Standard Journal - - FRONT PAGE - By KEVIN MYRICK Ed­i­tor

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.

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