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Never too late to get it right

It is never too late to correct a decades-old injustice that affected countless American soldiers.

Although it may be more than 30 years after the fact, a local group is doing its part to make up for the lack of a welcome home for Vietnam veterans.

The Tri-State Chapter of the Vietnam Veterans of America plans to host a free dinner for Vietnam combat veterans and military personnel who served during the Vietnam era.

The dinner will be 6:30 p.m. Feb. 6 at the VFW Post 1064 at 920 Seventh Ave. in Huntington.

Reservations for the banquet must be submitted by Feb. 1. Call (304) 453-4712 to register.

Veterans can also mail a letter including their name, address and phone number, as well as the name of their guest to Ron Wroblewski at PO Box 734 Ceredo, WV 25507-0734. Veterans are asked to bring their DD-214.

This organization is doing something that our nation and many of our communities failed to do at the time and, in many cases, these wounds have never healed.

Many Vietnam veterans still rightly feel that they weren’t given the recognition or respect bestowed on their fellow brothers in arms who served in other wars.

The politics involved during this turbulent time in our nation’s history caused these heroes to be viewed differently and get blamed for things beyond their control.

Ultimately, these men and women were only answering the call of duty to defend our great nation.

It is never too late to say “thank you” and “welcome home.”