IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Press Release

April 9, 2003

No. 03-09

Contact:
Mokie Porter

(301) 585-4000 Ext.146


 
Vietnam Veterans Urge Caution In Opposition
To War Policy
 

 


(Washington, D.C.) – “As Vietnam veterans, we are painfully aware of the impact of antiwar campaigns,” Thomas H. Corey, President of Vietnam Veterans of America said today. “Many Vietnam veterans suffered as a result of the misdirected anger displayed by those at home against the Vietnam War. 

“More than anyone veterans know that their duty and service help to insure the freedom to express contrary opinions,” Corey said. “Freedom of speech and the right to oppose our government and its policies distinguish us from the rest of the world.” 

Corey was responding to inquiries about the impact of antiwar activities on our military forces engaged in the war in Iraq. 

“While we recognize the fundamental right to protest, we must realize that soldiers in the field have a difficult time distinguishing between protest against policy and protest against the warrior. Our armed forces have no influence on policy,” Corey said. “As veterans we support the right to disagree with our government. That is what we fought for. But we cannot forget that these demonstrations against policy have an effect on the warrior. Our men and women in uniform follow orders produced by our elected leaders.  

“We must understand that we cannot – and must not – confuse opposition to war with hostility to our brothers, sisters, sons, daughters, fathers, and mothers who proudly wear the uniform of our armed forces. We ask the American public to join us in a confirmation of our solid and unwavering commitment to them and the sacrifices they are making in response to duty. 

“Vietnam Veterans of America was formed on the founding principle that ‘Never Again Will One Generation of Veterans Abandon Another.’ Our obligation as citizens first and veterans second is to remind our nation to support the men and women in uniform, whether they be engaged in combat in Iraq, patrolling the DMZ in Korea, processing soldiers pay in Indiana, or training in Oklahoma.  

“May God bless them, and our nation,” Corey concluded.

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Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA) is the nation's only congressionally chartered veterans service organization dedicated 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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