Nacogdoches - Today, March 29, is now designated as National Vietnam War Veterans Day. An act of Congress honoring Vietnam veterans with a day of recognition was signed into law by President Donald Trump on Tuesday.
In Nacogdoches, the day was commemorated with a ceremony at the Nacogdoches Vietnam War Memorial, located outside the city library. Vietnam veterans from the Nacogdoches vicinity have had similar observances for years.
Chapter 931 of the Vietnam Veterans of America want to raise awareness.
George Lowery, President of Chapter 931 Vietnam Veterans of America said, "Well, we just want to recognize that they went to serve their country in a time when it was not a very popular thing to do. And today we are getting a lot more recognition than we used to. I feel good when people come up and say I thank you for your service."
Lowery was an artillery sergeant in the military in the 1970s.
As Vietnam veterans age, health problems become a concern. Type II diabetes, heart problems, and skin cancer are frequently diagnosed. They are all related to Agent Orange.