April 30: Reflection and Reaffirmation
Medal of Honor recipient Paul "Buddy" Bucha spoke at VVA's rally
Congress' inadequate and unreliable funding of VA medical
VVA Board Member Sandie Wilson.
VVA President Tom Corey.
VVA Member proclaiming "America
Promised Me Healthcare."
VVA held two significant events
in Washington on Saturday, April 30, to commemorate the 30th
anniversary of the end of the Vietnam War. The first was a
spirited three o’clock rally at Upper Senate Park on Capitol
Hill attended by several hundred spectators, a rally that
focused on Congress’s inadequate and unreliable funding of VA
medical programs. “We believe that the 30th anniversary of the
end of the Vietnam War is the right time to call attention to
the fact that three decades after the end of that war, veterans
of all eras are still battling to preserve the benefits they
have and assure adequate funding for veterans health care,” said
VVA President Thomas H. Corey.
That message was forcefully reiterated by the rally’s other
speakers, including Retired Army Gen. George Price, Vietnam War
Medal of Honor recipient Paul “Buddy” Bucha, VVA Board member
Sandie Wilson, VVA New York State Council President John Rowan,
and Charles Sheehan-Miles, a Gulf War veteran who was a founder
of the Gulf War Resource Center. Sheehan-Miles said that in its
unwavering support for the nation’s newest war veterans, VVA is
living up to its founding principle: “Never Again Will One
Generation of Americans Abandon Another.”
Soon after the rally ended,
VVA hosted a solemn ceremony at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in
tribute to those who gave their lives in the Vietnam War. Those
in attendance ended the event by leaving roses at the base of
Fr. John Wielebski officiated.