Viewpoint: March 16, 2011

It's taken 38 years, but this month the men and women who fought and also died in the Vietnam War are being honored. The U.S. Senate passed a resolution that designates March 30 as "Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day."

March 30 marks the anniversary of the day combat and combat support units withdrew completely from South Vietnam. Over 58,000 Americans lost their lives in the war and hundreds of thousands of soldiers did not receive the proper recognition when they returned home.

Republican Sen. Richard Burr, R-NC, sponsored the legislation.

"This day provides our nation with an important teaching moment," he said. "Never again should our men and women serving in the armed forced receive the same treatment as those returning from Vietnam."

Louisianians have always had a high regard for our military members, but we can, and probably should, do more for our nation's heroes. It is never too late to let these war heroes know that our community cares about them.

On March 30, you can do just that.