Gov. Inslee Signs 'Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans' BIll
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
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.