West Texas VA Health Care System
Permian Basin Welcomes Home its Vietnam Veterans
The overcast sky was the perfect backdrop for the solemn yet, celebratory ceremony held March 28 at the Permian Basin Vietnam Memorial in Midland. Vietnam Veterans, their families and the community gathered to hear the long-awaited calls of “Welcome Home” and “thank you” to Vietnam Veterans. West Texas VA Health Care System held the tribute as part of the nationwide Vietnam Veterans Commemoration now in its fifth year.
The commemoration recognizes men and women who served on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces between November 1, 1955 to May 15, 1975, regardless of location of service. The United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration began on Memorial Day 2012 and ends on Veterans Day by Presidential Proclamation.
In a speech to the dozens who gathered at the Memorial, Kalautie JangDhari, WTVAHCS director said, “Vietnam Veterans are truly a remarkable generation, which is evident in the camaraderie that I have seen here in West Texas. There’s warmth and genuine caring that is like family.”
To a person, the Veterans spoke with dignity of their military experience during such a turbulent time in history and despite the personal sacrifices. One Veteran punctuated Director JangDhari’s speech by calling out that he was proud of his service and would sign up again even knowing the outcome.