Vietnam vet excited for chance at homecoming - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Vietnam vet excited for chance at homecoming

BURBANK, Wash. - When former Navy Sailor Dennis Jonker first found out about possibly getting the homecoming from war he never had, he cried.

Jonker says the culture and attitudes were different when Vietnam Vets came home 40 years ago, but now Jonker will be getting a homecoming of his own in Kentucky later this month, along with active duty members of the 101st Airborne.

When the 101st comes back from active duty on August 16 at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, they will also be welcoming any Vietnam Veteran who wishes to have a proper homecoming.

Jonker says he can't wait to see happy, smiling faces, as well as get some recognition he feels he deserves.

The 101st's web site states that Vietnam Veterans from all units, branches and services are invited to participate. Vietnam Veterans will have the rare privilege of receiving the same welcome home that every member of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) receives when they return from the war on terrorism.

If you are interested in attending the Vietnam Veterans Welcome Home Celebration on August 16th at Fort Campbell Kentucky, you can visit the 101st Airborne web site, www.screamingeagle.org.

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