VA San Diego thanks Vietnam War Veterans

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – It has been more than 60 years since the beginning of the war in Vietnam and Tuesday, the nation is recognizing veterans with a commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War.

In San Diego Veterans Affairs (VA) offices are hosting a free ceremony to recognize veterans who served in the war that lasted almost 20 years.

The event begins at 11 a.m. at the Scottish Rite Event Center in Mission Valley and will feature a ceremony with presentation of Vietnam Veteran lapel pins. Items from the Veterans Museum at Balboa Park will be on display.

The VA offices will also provide booths with information on benefits and resources for veterans. Similar events are being held by VA facilities across the nation.

Earlier, at the National Vietnam War Memorial in Washington D.C., Veteran Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald and Defense Secretary Ashton Carter laid a wreath to honor those who served.

Nine million Americans served and 58,000 lost their lives during the Vietnam War which started in 1955 and lasted until 1975. 

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