This week’s Borne the Battle episode features Army Veteran Major General Peter Aylward (Ret.). He discusses his military career, mentors, how he became the national director of the Vietnam War Commemoration and how the program adapted its events during the COVID-19 pandemic.
On March 29, 2021, National Vietnam War Veterans Day will be celebrating its 4th anniversary. The commemoration was authorized by Congress and established by the Department of Defense to reach out and provide a long overdue thank you to Vietnam Veterans who did not receive a proper welcome after they returned home.
Today, there are over 6.2 million living Vietnam Era Veterans who earned our nation’s gratitude. Maj. Gen. Aylward breaks down the history and mission of the program and how others can contribute and become a Vietnam 50th War Commemorative partner.
The commemoration gives a lapel pin to every living Vietnam Era Veteran, as well as their next of kin. The pin is a token of appreciation to all who served and sacrificed for their country. So far, the program has reached and recognized over 3 million Vietnam Veterans.
Lastly, Aylward, talks about how the commemoration provides a sense of healing and reconciliation to all Vietnam Era Veterans and how the commemoration measures success.
#BtBattle Veteran of the Week:
- Army Veteran and MoH Recipient Joe Hooper.
Mentioned in this Episode:
- Vietnam 50th War Commemoration
- National Vietnam War Veterans Day
- VA receives Janssen COVID-19 vaccine
- Stay informed about getting a COVID-19 vaccine
- Women Veterans can access on-demand Women’s Health Transition Training
- M28C.V.A.1 Educational. Vocational, and Special Rehabilitation Services Manual
Michaela Yesis is a podcast volunteer with VA’s Digital Media Engagement Team. She recently graduated from George Mason University with a BA in English.