VFW Chief Speaks Out in Support of Vietnam Veterans

Apr 27, 2001, 01:00 ET from Veterans of Foreign Wars

    KANSAS CITY, Mo., April 27 /PRNewswire/ -- The Veterans of Foreign Wars
 (VFW) today spoke out in support of veterans and their service in Vietnam.  In
 light of former Sen. Bob Kerrey's press conference yesterday, the VFW
 encourages the nation to understand the intense situation American soldiers
 were placed in during the Vietnam War.  During that press conference, Sen.
 Kerrey recounted his role in a Mekong Delta firefight 32 years ago, which
 resulted in civilian casualties.
     "The senator has served his country for many years in both war and peace,"
 said VFW Commander in Chief John F. Gwizdak, Stockbridge, Ga.  "As a Medal of
 Honor recipient, his courage is beyond question; as an elected official, he
 has carried out the duties of his office responsibly and with great integrity.
 His story concerning civilian casualties is a sad reminder of how
 unpredictable and unfair war can be."
     Gwizdak, a Vietnam veteran and recipient of the Bronze Star and Purple
 Heart said certain elements of war can never be explained or understood.
 "It's obvious people still have a misconception of what happened in Vietnam,
 and we are going to have to do a better job of telling our story," he said.
 Gwizdak was a heavy mortar platoon leader and later commander of Company E,
 4th Battalion, 12th Infantry, 199th Light Infantry Brigade.  "It's especially
 critical that we tell our story in the classroom so young people know the
 truth about Vietnam veterans and how we did our best to serve this country.
     "Look at the contributions of Vietnam veterans such as John McCain, Chuck
 Robb, Chuck Hagel, and former Vice President Al Gore.  Vietnam veterans come
 from every walk of life, and today are our doctors, lawyers, plumbers,
 electricians and police officers.  They go to work, raise families, attend
 church, and pay their taxes.  Those are the stories that need to be told," he
 said.
     The VFW assists all veterans and their families obtain veterans'
 entitlements and other services.  In addition, the organization works for the
 well-being of those on active duty, in the National Guard and the Reserves.
 The VFW, headquartered in Kansas City, Mo., was founded in 1899 and has
 1.9 million members in more than 9,500 posts worldwide.
 
     CONTACT:  Jerry Newberry, 816-968-1168, for Veterans of Foreign Wars
 
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    KANSAS CITY, Mo., April 27 /PRNewswire/ -- The Veterans of Foreign Wars
 (VFW) today spoke out in support of veterans and their service in Vietnam.  In
 light of former Sen. Bob Kerrey's press conference yesterday, the VFW
 encourages the nation to understand the intense situation American soldiers
 were placed in during the Vietnam War.  During that press conference, Sen.
 Kerrey recounted his role in a Mekong Delta firefight 32 years ago, which
 resulted in civilian casualties.
     "The senator has served his country for many years in both war and peace,"
 said VFW Commander in Chief John F. Gwizdak, Stockbridge, Ga.  "As a Medal of
 Honor recipient, his courage is beyond question; as an elected official, he
 has carried out the duties of his office responsibly and with great integrity.
 His story concerning civilian casualties is a sad reminder of how
 unpredictable and unfair war can be."
     Gwizdak, a Vietnam veteran and recipient of the Bronze Star and Purple
 Heart said certain elements of war can never be explained or understood.
 "It's obvious people still have a misconception of what happened in Vietnam,
 and we are going to have to do a better job of telling our story," he said.
 Gwizdak was a heavy mortar platoon leader and later commander of Company E,
 4th Battalion, 12th Infantry, 199th Light Infantry Brigade.  "It's especially
 critical that we tell our story in the classroom so young people know the
 truth about Vietnam veterans and how we did our best to serve this country.
     "Look at the contributions of Vietnam veterans such as John McCain, Chuck
 Robb, Chuck Hagel, and former Vice President Al Gore.  Vietnam veterans come
 from every walk of life, and today are our doctors, lawyers, plumbers,
 electricians and police officers.  They go to work, raise families, attend
 church, and pay their taxes.  Those are the stories that need to be told," he
 said.
     The VFW assists all veterans and their families obtain veterans'
 entitlements and other services.  In addition, the organization works for the
 well-being of those on active duty, in the National Guard and the Reserves.
 The VFW, headquartered in Kansas City, Mo., was founded in 1899 and has
 1.9 million members in more than 9,500 posts worldwide.
 
     CONTACT:  Jerry Newberry, 816-968-1168, for Veterans of Foreign Wars
 
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