I want to share with you about the humility I’ve witnessed with many Vietnam vets. As some of you may know, I proposed and advocated for a Vietnam Veteran’s day for Wisconsin which passed as a bill in 2009. I was given permission by the Governor’s office to bring up to a dozen Vietnam Vets to witness the signing of the bill. On the way to the signing, we stopped at a fast-food restaurant to get something to drink.
As these vets were waiting for their order, there were two Iraqi Vets who came in. These Vietnam vets went right up to them to shake their hands and let them know they support them. They were asking these two guys about how they were doing. I waited, but not once did they mention in the slightest that they were on their way to see a day of recognition for them being signed into law with in the next hour.
So I finally went over and spoke up. I thought OK, if you don’t tell them, I will. I shared with the two Iraqi Vets about how we were on our way for this very thing. They immediately shook the Vietnam veteran’s hands and were genuinely excited for them.
These Vietnam veterans were definitely not expecting that although they seemed pleased. One of the Vietnam vets walked away and I wondered if something was wrong, but then realized he had tears in his eyes and just needed a moment alone to take it all in.
I share this as a dedication to my father for Father’s Day 2012. I share this because I am grateful that he returned for my mother and I in Vietnam and brought us back to the U.S. with him. I am grateful that he as a Vietnam Vet who cares about and supports other Vietnam vets, also cares about and have not forgotten the Vietnamese people, the Hmong, and want to honor all who are connected to the war in Vietnam. I thank him and other Vietnam Veterans for all the support and good they are doing for the people in Vietnam today; and I thank them for being the front-runners for supporting today’s Veterans and families to ensure they are taken of. This is what I pay tribute to.
Recent video made to honor Vietnam Veterans
Proud Daughter of a Vietnam Vet~ Thuy