No. 029-00  
      IMMEDIATE RELEASE                            July 14, 2000                           (301) 585-4000


VIETNAM VETERANS OF AMERICA SALUTE KOREAN WAR VETERANS


WASHINGTON, D.C.- Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA) President George C. Duggins today recommitted the organization to its founding principle as a tribute to those who fought and died in the Korean War.

"On the 50th Anniversary of the beginning of the Korean War, Vietnam Veterans of America rededicate ourselves to our founding principle, 'Never Again Will One Generation Of Veterans Abandon Another'," Duggins said.

"The men and women who served our nation in Korea deserve our respect for their selfless service to duty and country," he continued.  "The forgotten veterans of the Korean War have earned our admiration and are entitled to the praise of a grateful nation."

Like Vietnam veterans a generation later, Korean veterans were treated with indifference when they returned home from their war.  The nation had grown weary of the conflict and ignored those whose only desire was to be acknowledged for their service.

More than a decade after the dedication of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, DC, Korean veterans were forced to build their own memorial in the nation’s capitol.  The Korean War Memorial is a haunting tribute to the suffering and sacrifice of a generation of veterans who faced horrible odds in a faraway country most of their countrymen couldn't locate on a map.  The memorial depicts soldiers on patrol braving the frozen wastes of the Korean Peninsula.

Duggins concluded, "Korean veterans are our fathers and mothers.  It is sad that it took our nation longer to acknowledge the sacrifice of Korean veterans than it did for those veterans who served in Vietnam.  Because of the invisible bonds between military members that have served their country, I urge all veterans to participate in commemorative events which pay tribute to Korean veterans.  VVA’s commitment to support veterans, regardless of when or where they served, compels us to take the time and make the effort to let Korean veterans know that our generation of veterans will never forget their sacrifices.”

VVA’s point of contact for additional information is Scott D. Campbell at (301) 585-4000 ext. 158.  

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Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA) is the nation's only congressionally chartered veterans service organization dedicated solely to the needs of Vietnam-era veterans and their families.  VVA's founding principle is  "Never again will one generation of veterans abandon another."   

 

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