Vietnam Veteran Homecoming Celebration Raises Nearly $5,000 Dollars

Vietnam Veteran Homecoming Celebration Raises Nearly $5,000 Dollars

Last month, we reported on a Vietnam Veteran Homecoming Celebration held at Parkview Field. We are happy to tell you that the numbers are in and over 1200 people showed up that evening raising nearly $5,000 dollars.
Last month, we reported on a Vietnam Veteran Homecoming Celebration held at Parkview Field.  We are happy to tell you that the numbers are in and over 1200 people showed up that evening raising nearly $5,000 dollars.

All of that cash will now be spent to help local veterans right here in Allen County.

Imagine leaving your family to fight in a war, and then returning home to hateful stares from other Americans.  This is a feeling Vietnam Veteran Benny Edwards experienced first hand.

"Did not wear my uniform when I came home from duty.  I had seen on TV and some of the demonstrations Vietnam Veterans were called and they weren't respected."

Thanks to the event last month, the Vietnam Veterans of America now have raised some extra funds.  Chairman Kevin Howell explains what went into raising the cash.

"It was a lot of nickle and dime, knocking on doors, meeting people, and old school asking."

All of that asking paid off.  The Committee now has over $4600 dollars.

"The monies will be used to get Veterans to go to these various conferences and get the word out about what they've earned."

Howell says one of his main priorities is making veterans aware of their VA benefits.

"A lot of these guys when they came home, wouldn't have anything to do with the VA or military at all."

Edwards says he's grateful that Vietnam Veterans of America worked so hard to provide local Vietnam Vets with a proper homecoming.

"I could see it in the eyes of some of the soldiers, that were Veterans, were really appreciative."

The Committee says that these funds will continue to make Veterans away of the benefits available to them.
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