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Press Release

May 21, 2009

No. 09-011

Mokie Porter

Memorial Day Message
From VVA National President John Rowan 

More than 670,000 American fighting men and women have perished since the Revolutionary War as a result of combat. Almost 525,000 troops have died in “non-theater” deaths. In Vietnam, the longest war in our history, more than 58,000 of our brothers and sisters were lost to the war. We are losing fine young (and not so young) warriors every week in the current wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. And we continue to lose veterans from the insidious, long-term effects of exposure to toxic substances during their time in uniform – and from “invisible” mental demons that are part of the lingering legacy of war.

Memorial Day is the time to commemorate those who have made the supreme sacrifice doing our nation’s bidding, fighting for American freedom and values. Memorial Day is the fitting time for all Americans to take at least a moment from their treks to the beach and the mall, from their backyard barbeques and baseball games, to honor the memories of those who remain forever young, and to remember the cost of freedom. Freedom, truly, is not free.
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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