On February 5, Congressman Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), the U.S. House Assistant Speaker, presented 46 veterans and 28 families with the Vietnam Veteran Lapel Pin – a commendation of our nation’s lasting gratitude to U.S. military veterans who served during the Vietnam War.
Congressman Luján was joined by Dr. Rick Bailey, president of Northern New México College, and community leaders to honor these veterans for their service to our country and thank the families of servicemembers for their sacrifices.
“I’m thankful for the service of our nation’s veterans, POWs, and those not here today – servicemembers who gave the ultimate sacrifice for our country. Today, I have the honor of presenting the veterans gathered here with the Vietnam Veteran Commemorative Pin – a token of gratitude for their immeasurable sacrifice. A token that signifies our community’s — our nation’s — lasting thanks and appreciation. You all answered the call to service. You put your lives on the line to keep us safe and protect American values,” praised Rep. Luján
“Our nation’s veterans answered the call to service and put their lives on the line to keep Americans safe.
Congressman Ben Ray Luján
The pinning ceremony is part of a national effort to honor Vietnam-era veteran military service members who were on active duty between November 1, 1955, and May 15, 1975. Through this program, Luján has honored more than 200 veterans from New México’s Third Congressional District.
“You all have sacrificed, too. And I want you to know; it’s families like yours that I keep close to my heart every day,” said Luján. “I know there are challenges facing our veterans today – issues that shouldn’t even exist. When our veterans can’t access the health care they deserve — and have earned — that’s unacceptable. Or when veterans face barriers in the workforce or housing, we must do more.
“It’s why I’m working in Congress to improve health care, increase job and housing opportunities, and make sure we’re honoring the promise we’ve made to veterans. Not only is it the right thing to do, but also the American thing to do,” added the New México Congressman.
The ceremony was held at Northern New México College in Española.
“Our nation’s veterans answered the call to service and put their lives on the line to keep Americans safe. It is my honor to recognize New México’s brave Vietnam veterans and ensure the federal government is living up to the commitments we have made to America’s veterans,” said Luján. “I will continue fighting to uplift veterans and their families by improving health care, supporting jobs and opportunities, and eliminating barriers to success.”
Rep. Luján will host another pinning ceremony on February 15th in Los Alamos.
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