Donnelly_headshot_SenateWashington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Joe Donnelly (D-IN) and Pat Toomey (R-PA) and want to recognize and honor the veterans of the Vietnam War. On Friday, the Senate passed the Donnelly-Toomey bill to designate March 29th as “National Vietnam War Veterans Day.” March 29th marks the anniversary of the day that combat and combat support units withdrew from South Vietnam. The bipartisan Vietnam War Veterans Recognition Act now goes to the House for consideration.

Donnelly said, “This bipartisan bill would help our country honor our Vietnam veterans – who didn’t get the recognition they deserved when they returned home. These are our friends and neighbors who should have our gratitude for their selflessness and sacrifice. I’m glad to work with Senator Toomey on this effort to mark Vietnam War Veterans Day.”

Toomey said, “In many cases, Vietnam veterans did not receive the warm welcome they deserved when they came home. It’s time we put a heartfelt thank you to Vietnam veterans into law, and I will continue working with Senator Donnelly to advance this bipartisan legislation.”

This legislation is supported by Vietnam Veterans of America and Veterans of Foreign Wars.