TEMPLE, Texas (KWTX) Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has unveiled a special limited-edition book to mark the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War and to honor the more than 500,000 Texans who served there.
The book, “A Time to Honor: Stories of Service, Duty, and Sacrifice,” is available free to Texas veterans who served in Vietnam.
“Today and every day, we must honor the veterans and fallen heroes who bravely defended our freedoms on the battlefield,” Abbott said at a press conference on Memorial Day.
“As our nation continues to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War, this book is a symbol of a grateful state and nation. On behalf of the state of Texas, I extend my deepest gratitude to our Vietnam veterans and to all those who have worn the uniform of the United States Armed Forces.”
The book is part of a bigger initiative to encourage all Vietnam veterans to apply for and claim their state and federal veterans benefits.
"If they come in to just to ask for the book, that's a perfect opportunity for us to tell them about the benefits that the VA has and about the benefits the state of Texas has." Paula Taylor, district manager of the Central Texas Veterans Health Care System said.
Copies of the book are available starting June 3 at the Olin E. Teague VA Medical Center at 1901 Veterans Memorial Dr. in Temple and the VA Regional Office at 710 Clay Ave. in Waco
Books are also available at Texas Veterans Commission Offices or by calling 1-800-252-VETS (8387) to find the nearest facility.