Five ways to honor veterans on Vietnam War Commemoration Day

Five ways to honor veterans on Vietnam War Commemoration Day

By Bonnie Laiderman

As March 29 approaches, the day declared by the Department of Defense and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) as Vietnam War Commemoration Day, here are five ways to honor veterans of the Vietnam war.

The Vietnam era was one of political controversy. As a result, men and women who served during that time did not always receive the hero’s welcome they deserved.

Bonnie Laiderman, President Veterans Home Care and her brother
Bonnie Laiderman, President of Veterans Home Care, with her brother a Vietnam veteran.

I know. My brother was one of those veterans. That’s why this is so near to my heart.

 

 

 

 

 

Please consider these five ways to participate in honoring our Vietnam vets on Vietnam War Commemoration Day.

  1. Simply call any friend, neighbor or relative that you have that served during the Vietnam era and tell them, “I heard today is the Vietnam War Commemoration Day in honor of veterans like you who served, so I wanted to call you and thank you for your service!” Let that spark a conversation so that this veteran knows you appreciate his or her service.
  1. Remind a Vietnam veteran that you know that there is a special Vietnam War commemorative lapel pin that he or she is eligible to have.
  1. If you’re on Facebook or any other social media, post a thank you message mentioning a Vietnam veteran that you know. Remind your Facebook friends that March 29, is Vietnam War Commemoration DayOr hit “share” and post this article to your Facebook page and add your own comment thanking a Vietnam veteran that you know.
  1. If you know a Vietnam veteran in need of home care but can’t afford it, tell him or her about the VA’s Aid and Attendance pension. This is a little-known benefit for war-time veterans who do not have a service-related injury but may qualify for the benefit if they meet certain medical and financial requirements. The veteran must have served a minimum of 90 days active duty and one day during wartime with and honorable discharge. To be eligible, Vietnam era veterans must have served from August 5, 1964, to May 7, 1975.  For veterans who served overseas in Vietnam, the dates are February 28, 1961, to May 7, 1975. For help with the Aid and Attendance application process, please contact us at Veterans Home Care 888-314-6075 about our VetAssist Program.
  1. Donate $10 or more to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund, the non-profit organization that built the Vietnam Veterans Memorial (the Wall) in Washington D.C. which lists more than 58,000 names. With your help, they can fund the traveling Wall replica and crisscross the country.

Please join me in thanking our Vietnam veterans, especially on March 29,  Vietnam War Commemoration Day.

Bonnie Laiderman, CEO

Bonnie Laiderman, founder and president of Veterans Home Care®, has helped more than 16,000 veterans and their spouses receive in-home care through the unique VetAssist® Program. Started in 2003 as a one-woman operation, Bonnie has overseen the growth of the company to become one of the largest women-owned companies in the St. Louis Metro Region. Veterans Home Care has also earned the Better Business Bureau's Torch Award for Ethics and Inc. 5000 award of fastest growing companies six times. Now with offices coast-to-coast, Veterans Home Care serves our veterans in 44 states throughout the country.