IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 14, 2000
VIETNAM VETERANS OF AMERICA SALUTE KOREAN WAR
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
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