Today - Sunday, March 30 - is “Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day” in Illinois. The State of California was the first to establish such a day in 2009. This bill is meant to support the U.S. Senate in establish a similar recognition on a national level.
State Representative C.D. Davidsmeyer (R-Jacksonville) co-sponsored the bill in the Illinois House.
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The Vietnam War was fought from 1961 to 1975. In 1965, United States Armed Forces ground combat units arrived in Vietnam and by the end of that year there were 80,000 U.S troops with a peak of approximately 500,000 in 1969. More than 58,000 lost their lives and more than 300,000 were wounded.