NO. R-41. House concurrent resolution congratulating Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 1 on its 25th anniversary.
Offered by: Representatives Obuchowski of Rockingham, Bartlett of Dover, Bostic of St. Johnsbury, Clark of St. Johnsbury, Condon of Colchester, Helm of Castleton, Hunt of Essex, Keogh of Burlington, Krawczyk of Bennington, Larocque of Barnet, Metzger of Milton, Otterman of Topsham, Parent of St. Albans City, Partridge of Windham, Perry of Richford, Pillsbury of Brattleboro, Potter of Clarendon, Shand of Weathersfield and Winters of Williamstown.
Whereas, in the years following the Vietnam War, veterans of that conflict encountered numerous problems regarding education, health care, disability benefits, and readjusting to life on the home front, and
Whereas, in the late 1970s, the national Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA) was established in Washington, D.C., to address these issues and advocate on behalf of the nation’s Vietnam veterans, and
Whereas, the first local VVA chapter was established in Rutland through the efforts of local individuals, including Jake Jacobsen who spotted a newspaper ad in search of Vietnam veterans, and
Whereas, the ad, which was the idea of Donny Bodette, brought together two veterans with opposite political philosophies with Jacobsen being to the left of center and Bodette to the right, and
Whereas, despite their political differences, the two men shared a special camaraderie based on their personal experiences as Vietnam Vets, and
Whereas, a third critical organizer of Chapter 1 was Robert O. Muller, founding president, who was in favor of a national Washington, D.C. lobbying organization, and
Whereas, the organizers recognized that with a force of three dozen local veterans, it was possible to establish a local VVA chapter and still participate in national lobbying activities, and
Whereas, through the efforts of these Vermonters, the Vietnam Veterans of America’s first local chapter was established, and
Whereas, as the original chapter, it has members from across the United States, and
Whereas, although the chapter does not have any Canadian members, it works closely with Canadian veterans of the Vietnam War as demonstrated when the Moving Wall (a Vietnam Memorial replica) visited St. Albans, and
Whereas, on April 13, 2005, VVA Chapter 1 will commemorate its 25th anniversary, and
Whereas, VVA Chapter 1 has been of great assistance to veterans in Vermont and elsewhere, now therefore be it
Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:
That the General Assembly congratulates Chapter 1 of the Vietnam Veterans of America on the occasion of its 25th anniversary, and be it further
Resolved: That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to the chapter’s president, Adrian Megrath.
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