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Monday, February 13, 2017

Sen. Baldwin introduces legislation to honor Vietnam War helicopter crews

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senators Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and Dan Sullivan (R-AK) have introduced S. 315, the Vietnam Helicopter Crew Monument Act, bipartisan legislation which would direct the Secretary of the Army to place a small monument in Arlington National Cemetery honoring the nearly 5,000 helicopter pilots and crewmembers killed during the Vietnam War. Companion legislation was simultaneously introduced in the House by Representative Mark Amodei (R-NV).

“Throughout the Vietnam War, brave and courageous helicopter crew members made incredible sacrifices. I’m proud to work across party lines with Senator Sullivan and alongside Retired Air Force Lt. Col. Bob Hesselbein of Wisconsin to respect this selfless service from our veterans,” said Senator Baldwin. “Our Vietnam veterans and their families have earned this recognition and they deserve to be properly honored at Arlington National Cemetery.”

The proposal was submitted by the Vietnam Helicopter Pilots Association (VHPA). The VHPA has agreed to fund the construction and installation costs of the monument.

In addition to Senators Baldwin and Sullivan, cosponsors include Senators John Boozman (R-AR), Tom Cotton (R-AR), Angus King (I-ME), Joe Manchin (D-WV), Thom Tillis (R-NC) and Sherrod Brown (D-OH).

An online version of this release is available here.

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