Vets Welcome Home Soldiers

By: Lauri Martin
By: Lauri Martin

Another 300 Fort Carson soldiers are on American soil tonight. The 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment was deployed to Iraq for a year. But, it’s not just friends and family who welcome home the troops. Local Vietnam Vets have vowed to attend every homecoming to make sure history doesn’t repeat itself.

The Vietnam War was widely protested and that’s why Vincent Uribe said the soldier homecomings are a little emotional. “Basically, we weren’t acknowledged (when we returned). We were spit on and things were thrown at us.” Vietnam Vet Joe Tanner said, “When we got home to Travis Air Force Base, we had to immediately change out of our military uniform and put on civilian clothes.”

So, this small group of men, a few awarded purple hearts, vowed to attend every homecoming at Fort Carson…something they never got when they returned home. “We decided to show the troops how much we appreciate them,” Vietnam Vet Joe Veno said.

The Vietnam Vets from the local VFW post say they hope everyone supports the troops even if you don't support the war.

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