When Vietnam veterans returned to the United States after the war, they did not receive a warm welcome.
To remedy that, the Vietnam War Commemoration was founded. Authorized by Congress, established under the secretary of defense, and launched by President Barack Obama in May 2012, the Vietnam War Commemoration recognizes all men and women who served active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces from November 1, 1955, to May 15, 1975. About 9 million Americans served during that period and the commemoration makes no distinction between veterans who served in-county, in-theater or were stationed elsewhere during those 20 years. All answered the call of duty.
The health and well-being company Humana is a commemorative partner of the program. To support and salute Vietnam veterans, Humana recently honored Vietnam-era veterans with a pinning ceremony at American Legion Earl E. Mitchell Post No. 29 in Glendale.
More than 50 people attended the event and about 30 Vietnam veterans were presented with Vietnam veteran lapel pins. Those who served in the U.S. Armed Forces between November 1, 1955, and May 15, 1975, regardless of location, were invited to be pinned.
The event was emceed by Steve Stedman, Humana’s Arizona Medicare sales director. Speakers at the event included Glendale Mayor Jerry Weiers and Maricopa County North Valley Justice of the Peace Gerald A. Williams.
The Humana-sponsored ceremony served as a “welcome home,” publicly acknowledging the military service and sacrifices made by these veterans and their families during the Vietnam War.
To reach the large numbers of Vietnam veterans, the Vietnam War Commemoration has enlisted the assistance of thousands of Commemorative Partner organizations at the local, state and national levels to conduct pinning events and activities.
As a Commemorative Partner, Humana has been hosting pinning ceremonies across the country. Humana has a longstanding relationship with the military and is committed to the well-being of all veterans.
Humana is a longtime partner of the Department of Defense’s TRICARE program, as it administers health benefits for close to 6 million active-duty military and retirees as well as their families across 32 states. Through its Veterans Hiring Initiative, Humana has hired more than 4,400 veterans or spouses of veterans since 2011.
For more information, visit vietnamwar50th.com.