Lawmakers join Vietnam vets in call for action on parasite disease

Martin C. Evans Newsday Local members of Congress are pressing for answers about liver fluke, a river parasite that infected untold numbers of soldiers in Vietnam a half century ago, and which may be killing some of those veterans now. Rep. Tom Suozzi (D-Glen Cove) on Wednesday asked the chairman of the House Committee on Veterans Affairs to hold a hearing “on the links between our veterans’ military service, liver fluke infection and bile-duct cancer.” “The ties between a veteran ... More

5 life lessons today's troops could learn from Vietnam vets

By Eric Milzarski We Are The Mighty It’s easy to look at different eras of veterans and write them off as coming a different time, a different place, a different war. The truth is, the old Vietnam vet you met at the Legion while trying to get cheap drinks isn’t all that different from our men and women fighting today in Iraq and Afghanistan. Toss a drink or two his way and share some stories. Life sucks in the sandbox, but things in the jungle weren’t any better. Whether you’re out t ... More

US Navy aircraft carrier to visit Vietnam next year, Pentagon says

Wyatt Olson Stars and Stripes A U.S. Navy aircraft carrier will visit Vietnam next year for the first time, the Pentagon announced Tuesday, in the latest sign of growing ties between countries that 50 years ago were engaged in a lengthy war. Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis met Tuesday with Ngo Xuan Lich, Vietnam’s defense minister, to discuss further steps in their mutual defense relationship and regional security challenges, the Pentagon said. The two also agreed to expand naval cooperation and the s ... More

Remains of Vietnam veteran return home after 48 years

Mike Smith The Montana Standard, Butte More than 48 years after his plane was shot down over Laos during the Vietnam War, the uncertainty about Air Force Capt. Robert Edwin Holton of Butte is over. Holton’s remains, which were excavated from the crash site earlier this year and verified recently, are in a sealed casket in Honolulu and will soon be on their way to Butte, Holton’s brother, Bill, confirmed Tuesday. “After 48 years, Capt. Holton is finally coming home to Butte,” Bill ... More

50 years later, Vietnam veterans receive an overdue welcome home

Tom Roeder The Gazette (Colorado Springs, Colo.) They went to war from Fort Carson half a century ago. On Thursday more than 100 veterans of 189th Helicopter Company were finally welcomed home from Vietnam. "When you got home, you tried to forget," said veteran Mark Latham. "Fifty years later, you try to remember." The 189th trained at Fort Carson throughout 1966 and went overseas in 1967 where they flew their UH-1 Hueys through the treacherous jungles of Vietnam's Central High ... More