Protecting our veterans' children
Legacy of Our Veterans' Military Exposures
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Finishing a brother’s life’s work

Agent Orange Vietnam Veterans Memorial

“In an interview a few years back, I was asked, why? Why do I do so much for our Vietnam Veterans?  Without thinking, the words came out of my mouth, ‘It feels like I am extending my brother’s life’s work.’  And that is what helps me heal,” Finnemann said. “I believe that this campaign to build the Center and put faces with names is an absolutely brilliant idea. I also believe it is an incredible opportunity to honor our fallen heroes.

The Education Center at The Wall will be a place on our National Mall where our military heroes’ stories and sacrifice will never be forgotten.  It is a multi-million dollar, state-of- the-art visitor’s center and learning facility to be built between the Vietnam Veterans and Lincoln Memorials. Visitors will better understand the profound impact the Vietnam War had on their friends and family members, their hometowns and the nation.

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Legacy of Our Veterans' Military Exposures
  1. Mike Pulaski Reply

    I am a Viet Nam Veteran of two combat tours as an infantry commander. I was wounded and am decorated, once by Vice President Humphrey.

    There are TWO main points that need to be made by the proposed Education Center. They are the human aspect and the political aspect.

    First, and obviously, the sacrifice made by so many American men. They were patriotic warriors who answered their country’s call to duty. Some paid the ultimate price, while others kept paying the price the rest of their lives due to physical disabilities, Agent Orange exposure, and just as importantly, MENTAL disabilities.

    But the human element is only one of two points that need to be made.

    The second point, and one that will be very controversial, is the political situation. In their later years, both LBJ and Robert McNamara admitted that the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution was based on deceit and falsehoods. There was no second attack on American Naval ships. That, however, didn’t deter them from promoting war as the solution. The result was over 58,000 American deaths and millions of Vietnamese deaths. The lesson here should be that our American society needs to be more cautious about going to war, making sure that it is the only solution to a political problem.

    Further, we can observe that not only did we go to war and death in Viet Nam due to deceit and falsehoods, but we repeated that mistake again w/Iraq.

    I am an American Patriot. I believe in the ideals our Founding Fathers set for this country. They did not advocate going to war based on deceit and falsehoods. They insisted on more political integrity than that. The American Public needs to be reminded of this. What better place than an education center such as the one planned.

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