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Gov. Inslee Signs 'Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans' BIll

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OLYMPIA, Wash. -- Gov. Jay Inslee has signed a bill introduced by Rep. Norm Johnson of Yakima that designates March 30 as "Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day" in Washington state.

Johnson says more than 1,100 service men and women from Washington died in the Vietnam War, including his cousin from Zillah. He noted that those who survived and returned home were not treated kindly.

House Bill 1319 would not create a legal holiday, but an annual day of recognition for Washington's Vietnam veterans, in which all public entities in Washington would be required to fly the National League of Families POW/MIA (prisoner of war/missing in action) flag on March 30.

The measure passed both the House and the Senate unanimously.

Johnson says the measure was suggested to him by the Yakama Warriors Association, which is a group of 190 members who make sure veterans are not forgotten. The association's representative, Gil Calac of White Swan, is a Vietnam veteran who returned home from the war 43 years ago.