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NO. R-213.  Joint resolution commemorating the 30th anniversary of the eligibility period for Vietnam era wartime veterans’ benefits.

(J.R.H.44)

Offered by:  Representatives Morrissey of Bennington, Adams of Hartland, Allaire of Rutland City, Allard of St. Albans Town, Ancel of Calais, Aswad of Burlington, Atkins of Winooski, Audette of S. Burlington, Baker of West Rutland, Barnard of Richmond, Bartlett of Dover, Bohi of Hartford, Bostic of St. Johnsbury, Botzow of Pownal, Branagan of Georgia, Brennan of Colchester, Brooks of Montpelier, Canfield of Fair Haven, Chen of Mendon, Clark of St. Johnsbury, Clark of Vergennes, Clarkson of Woodstock, Condon of Colchester, Copeland-Hanzas of Bradford, Corcoran of Bennington, Cross of Winooski, Darrow of Dummerston, Deen of Westminster, DePoy of Rutland City, Donaghy of Poultney, Donahue of Northfield, Donovan of Burlington, Dostis of Waterbury, Dowland of Holland, Dunsmore of Georgia, Edwards of Brattleboro, Emmons of Springfield, Endres of Milton, Errecart of Shelburne, Evans of Essex, Fallar of Tinmouth, Fisher of Lincoln, Flory of Pittsford, Frank of Underhill, French of Randolph, Gervais of Enosburg, Grad of Moretown, Green of Berlin, Haas of Rochester, Head of S. Burlington, Heath of Westford, Helm of Castleton, Hosford of Waitsfield, Houston of Ferrisburgh, Howard of Rutland City, Howrigan of Fairfield, Hube of Londonderry, Hudson of Lyndon, Hunt of Essex, Hutchinson of Randolph, Jerman of Essex, Jewett of Ripton, Johnson of South Hero, Johnson of Canaan, Kainen of Hartford, Keenan of St. Albans City, Kennedy of Chelsea, Keogh of Burlington, Kilmartin of Newport City, Kiss of Burlington, Kitzmiller of Montpelier, Klein of East Montpelier, Koch of Barre Town, Komline of Dorset, Krawczyk of Bennington, Kupersmith of S. Burlington, Larocque of Barnet, Larrabee of Danville, Larson of Burlington, LaVoie of Swanton, Lawrence of Lyndon, Leriche of Hardwick, Lippert of Hinesburg, Livingston of Manchester, Lorber of Burlington, Louras of Rutland City, Maier of Middlebury, Malcolm of Pawlet, Marcotte of Coventry, Marek of Newfane, Marron of Stowe, Martin of Springfield, Martin of Wolcott, Masland of Thetford, McAllister of Highgate, McCullough of Williston, McFaun of Barre Town, McLaughlin of Royalton, Metzger of Milton, Milkey of Brattleboro, Miller of Shaftsbury, Miller of Elmore, Minter of Waterbury, Molloy of Arlington, Monti of Barre City, Mook of Bennington, Morley of Barton, Myers of Essex, Nease of Johnson, Niquette of Colchester, Nitka of Ludlow, Nuovo of Middlebury, O’Donnell of Vernon, Obuchowski of Rockingham, Orr of Charlotte, Otterman of Topsham, Parent of St. Albans City, Partridge of Windham, Peaslee of Guildhall, Pellett of Chester, Perry of Richford, Peterson of Williston, Pillsbury of Brattleboro, Potter of Clarendon, Pugh of S. Burlington, Randall of Troy, Reese of Pomfret, Rodgers of Glover, Rusten of Halifax, Schiavone of Shelburne, Seibert of Norwich, Severance of Colchester, Shand of Weathersfield, Sharpe of Bristol, Shaw of Derby, Smith of New Haven, Smith of Morristown, Sunderland of Rutland Town, Sweaney of Windsor, Symington of Jericho, Tracy of Burlington, Trombley of Grand Isle, Valliere of Barre City, Westman of Cambridge, Winters of Swanton, Winters of Williamstown, Wright of Burlington, Young of Orwell and Zuckerman of Burlington.

Whereas, on May 7, 1975, President Gerald R. Ford issued a presidential proclamation that, effective as of that date, the eligibility period terminated for veterans to be credited with Vietnam wartime service with respect to those benefits the President is legally empowered to terminate, and

Whereas, this proclamation effectively meant that the Vietnam era, as defined for purposes of wartime military service, ended on May 7, 1975, and

Whereas, on May 7, 2005, Vietnam‑era veterans will be observing the 30th anniversary of President Ford’s issuance of this historic proclamation, and

Whereas, many citizens of the great state of Vermont honored this country by serving valiantly in our nation’s armed forces during the Vietnam era, and

Whereas, Vermonters understand that “freedom is not free,” and that all generations have offered their young to serve in harm’s way, and

Whereas, all of this state’s Vietnam era veterans and their family members are to be commended highly for their service, sacrifice, and devotion to duty during a most trying time in the history of the United States, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly highly commends all Vietnam‑era veterans and their families for their outstanding service to our state and nation, and be it further

Resolved:  That the General Assembly goes on record as recognizing that this generation of warriors served its nation with distinction and it applauds heartily its just and honorable duty, and be it further

Resolved:  That the General Assembly commends and applauds the upcoming 30th anniversary of President Ford’s proclamation as a way to further remember and honor the Vietnam generation of military veterans and their families, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to the Vermont State Council of the Vietnam Veterans of America.



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