H.Res. 184 (112th): Expressing support for designation of a “Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day”.

112th Congress, 2011–2013. Text as of Mar 17, 2011 (Introduced).

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IV

112th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. RES. 184

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

March 17, 2011

(for herself, Mr. Bilirakis, Ms. Bordallo, Ms. Clarke of New York, Mr. Faleomavaega, Mr. Loebsack, Ms. Moore, Mr. Pierluisi, Ms. Sutton, Mr. Courtney, and Ms. Baldwin) submitted the following resolution; which was referred to the Committee on Veterans’ Affairs

RESOLUTION

Expressing support for designation of a Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day.

Whereas the Vietnam War was fought in Vietnam from 1961 to 1975, and involved North Vietnam and the Viet Cong in conflict with United States Armed Forces and South Vietnam;

Whereas the United States became involved in Vietnam because policy-makers in the United States believed that if South Vietnam fell to a Communist government then Communism would spread throughout the rest of Southeast Asia;

Whereas members of the United States Armed Forces began serving in an advisory role to the South Vietnamese in 1961;

Whereas as a result of the Gulf of Tonkin incidents on August 2 and 4, 1964, Congress overwhelmingly passed the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution, (Public Law 88–408), on August 7, 1964, which effectively handed over war-making powers to President Johnson until such time as peace and security had returned to Vietnam;

Whereas, in 1965, United States Armed Forces ground combat units arrived in Vietnam;

Whereas, by the end of 1965, there were 80,000 United States troops in Vietnam, and by 1969 a peak of approximately 543,000 troops was reached;

Whereas, on January 27, 1973, the Treaty of Paris was signed, which required the release of all United States prisoners-of-war held in North Vietnam and the withdrawal of all United States Armed Forces from South Vietnam;

Whereas, on March 30, 1973, the United States Armed Forces completed the withdrawal of combat troops from Vietnam;

Whereas more than 58,000 members of the United States Armed Forces lost their lives in Vietnam and more than 300,000 members of the Armed Forces were wounded;

Whereas, in 1982, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial was dedicated in the District of Columbia to commemorate those members of the United States Armed Forces who died or were declared missing-in-action in Vietnam;

Whereas the Vietnam War was an extremely divisive issue among the people of the United States;

Whereas members of the United States Armed Forces who served bravely and faithfully for the United States during the Vietnam War were caught upon their return home in the crossfire of public debate about the involvement of the United States in the Vietnam War;

Whereas the establishment of a Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day would be an appropriate way to honor those members of the United States Armed Forces who served in Vietnam during the Vietnam War; and

Whereas March 30, 2011, would be an appropriate day to establish as Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day: Now, therefore, be it

That the House of Representatives—

(1)

honors and recognizes the contributions of veterans of the Armed Forces who served in Vietnam; and

(2)

encourages the people of the United States to observe Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day with appropriate ceremonies and activities that promote awareness of the contributions of veterans who served in Vietnam and the importance of helping Vietnam era veterans re-adjust to civilian life.